SEGMENT: Kara Walker in "Stories"

From "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 (2003)

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September 9, 2003


"The illusion is that most of my work is simply about past events, a point in history and nothing else," says Kara Walker about her subversive use of the traditional silhouette technique. The segment traces the evolution of Walker's work, from time spent in the studio to the artist's recent installations of projected light. "A lot of what I was wanting to do in my work and what I have been doing has been about the unexpected...that unexpected situation of wanting to be the heroine and yet wanting to kill the heroine at the same time." Projecting fiction into fact, Walker's art upsets the conventions of history and storytelling.

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