Project 2: Kara Walker
13 Aug – 5 Feb 2023
‘Heroes are not completely pure and villains are not purely evil. I’m interested in the continuity of conflict, the creation of racist narratives, or nationalist narratives, or whatever narratives people use to construct a group identity and to keep themselves whole.’
Gallery 26, Level 2
10am – 5pm daily
Project 2: Kara Walker
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This exhibition explores the narratives of race, gender, and sexuality in the work of leading North American artist Kara Walker. It is the first monographic exhibition of Walker’s art to be held in Australia. Major new acquisitions will be shown for the first time in Canberra alongside a selection of works curated by the artist exclusively for the National Gallery.
With a contemporary art practice that spans over two decades, Kara Walker is recognised internationally for her graphically striking work with black paper silhouettes and her subversive representations of the racist imaginary developed and popularised during the antebellum era of slavery.
Showing her protagonists – both black and white – entangled in the creation of North America’s mythology of freedom and liberation, Kara Walker challenges her viewers to critically examine the conventionally understood boundaries between history and present, the perpetuation of racist and gender stereotypes in popular culture, and the global systems of oppression and exploitation brought about and enforced through colonial enterprises.
Project 2: Kara Walker is a Know My Name project.
Curator: Sally Foster, Senior Curator, Prints and Drawings
Art in the Twenty-First Century
Kara Walker in “Stories”(2003)
Created by: Susan Sollins & Susan Dowling. Executive Producer & Curator: Susan Sollins. Series Producer: Eve-Laure Moros Ortega. Associate Producer: Migs Wright. Assistant Curator: Wesley Miller. Production Manager: Alice Bertoni & Laura Recht. Production Coordinator: Kelly Shindler & Sara Simonson. Consulting Director: Charles Atlas. Editor: Kate Taverna