Lubaina’s new series – “Random Coincidence” – comes in response to a week she spent inside The Guardian as a “ghost” artist in residence – with access at the highest editorial level, to observe how that publication thinks, works and decides to present news. The access offered to Lubaina as part of this experiment was totally unprecedented for The Guardian, or any UK news outlet.
Lubaina spent time with editorial staff at all levels to understand the process by which the news agenda is shaped and disseminated at a global news outlet. Her interest was based in a personal, cultural critique of the news media, and in this instance the newspaper she reads; The Guardian, via the lens of race and the depiction of black people in the news.
As part of her Turner Prize award, Lubaina painted over pages of The Guardian and critiqued it fiercely for its depictions and presentations of black people. Her critique appears to have hardened and deepened – both in relation to the Guardian, and the wider news media.
“Random Coincidence” was unveiled by the artist on 23 November at the Liverpool Central Library.
The work is on display weekdays 09.00 – 20.00, Saturday 09:00 – 17:00 and Sunday 10:00 – 17:00 from 23 November – 7 December