Renouncing the sensitivity that often shrouds the subject, American artist Kara Walker (b.1969) critically and unapologetically interrogates underlying racial and gender tensions in today’s society.
Through characters drawn from American popular literature, culture and history, Walker exposes the myths that lie beneath cultural archetypes and the darker aspects of human behaviour.
This exhibition brings together several important bodies of recent work. Dust Jackets for the Niggerati is a series of large graphite drawings, conceived as book covers for unwritten essays and works of fiction, which investigates pivotal transitions in black American history and the missing narratives of the black migration. These will be shown alongside three video installations: Fall Frum Grace, Miss Pipi’s Blue Tale, 8 Possible Beginnings or: The Creation of African-America, a Moving Picture by Kara E. Walker and National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34: Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands: Six Miles from Springfield on the Franklin Road. Also featured in the exhibition are three intricately cut silhouette installations, including a new work jointly commissioned with Camden Arts Centre, THE SOVEREIGN CITIZENS SESQUICENTENNIAL CIVIL WAR CELEBRATION.
Connecting all of the work is an examination of power, racial myths and stereotypes. Using graphically simple and traditional media, Walker articulates suffering and violence within American history that continues to resonate in contemporary culture.
This will be the first major exhibition of Walker’s work in Ireland.
Organised in partnership with Camden Arts Centre, London with support from Sikkema Jenkins & Co, New York and Victoria Miro Gallery, London.