"Insurrection! (Our Tools Were Rudimentary, Yet We Pressed On)" (2002)

"Insurrection! (Our Tools Were Rudimentary, Yet We Pressed On)," 2002
Installation view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Projection, cut paper and adhesive on wall, 12 x 74 1/2 feet
Collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Photo by Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Courtesy Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York

"’Insurrection!’ The idea at the outset was an image of a slave revolt in the antebellum south where the house slaves got after their master with their utensils of everyday life, and really it started with a sketch of a series of slaves disemboweling a master with a soup ladle. My reference, in my mind, was the surgical theatre paintings of Thomas Eakins and others."

- Kara Walker