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(American, b. 1969)
Raw pigment and watercolor medium, graphite, and (paper) collage on paper
Left panel: 287 x 264.8 x 8.3 cm (113 x 104 1/4 x 3 1/4 in.)
© Kara Walker
Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 2016.54.a
This is part of a series inspired by Walker’s 2016 stay in Rome, where she encountered the intersection between her work and Christian narratives.
This singular drawing is at odds with Walker’s clear-cut figurative work, seeking to disrupt legibility with abstraction and ambiguity. Indeed, a tangle of bodies in chaotic motion covers the entire surface of the paper. The black separatist group mentioned in this work’s title sought to create a sovereign country for African Americans within the southern United States. The tumultuous composition raises the question of what the consequences would have been had the utopian plan gained momentum.
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