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Meet the Artist: Kara Walker

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Kara Walker National Archives Microfilm Publication M999 Roll 34: Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands: Six Miles from Springfield on the Franklin Road & Lucy of Pulaski, 2009, 2 Channel video projection installation with stereo sound, 25 minutes. Still images courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.


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Meet the Artist: Kara Walker

March 13, 2009

Kara Walker creates complex visual narratives evoking references to history, literature, media and cultural archeology. Through multiple layers of meaning Kara unapologetically pronounces that history is far more complex and complicated than we have ever imagined. Her work is a challenge to traditional concepts of race and race-based thinking, and to narratives of enslavement and oppression. Her art forces us to question our understandings of power and how it manifests itself within time, space and between people. Always provocative and never dry, Kara's work enlivens current discussions about notions of difference, community and memory.

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