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Kara Walker

Multidisciplinary Artist

New York, New York

Kara Walker confronts race, gender, history, and sexuality in her work. She is best known for her cut-paper silhouettes, which are often employed in wall-size installations that have a narrative quality that evokes film or history painting. She uses this 19th-century technique to expose the violent history of American race relations, employing a vocabulary that draws on the Antebellum South and the grotesque. She has also produced shadow-puppet films in which she reimagines historical events such as the Middle Passage, as well as drawings whose subject matter is more contemporary and autobiographical.

Donor -This award was generously supported by Eileen Harris Norton / The Peter Norton Family Foundation.

This artist page was last updated on: 07.08.2024