Kara Walker
Multidisciplinary Artist
New York, NY
2008 USA Fellow

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

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.

Portrait photo courtesy Kara Walker.

  • Artwork by Kara Walker
    Authenticating the Artifact, 2007, mixed media, cut paper, and acrylic on gessoed panel, 60" x 84" x 2"; photograph by Luciano Fileti; photo courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Artwork by Kara Walker