Artist Kara Walker undertakes the Hyundai Motor commission for the year 2019, intervening in the setting of the Turbin Hall at Tate Modern, London.
The New-York based painter’s artistic practice, ranging from drawings, prints and murals to large-scale installations, mainly deals with topics related with race, gender, sexuality and violence. Between her most significative pieces, her black cut-paper silhouetted figures, part of complex installations referencing the history of slavery in US.
Frances Morris, Director of Tate Modern said: “Kara Walker fearlessly tackles some of the most complex issues we face today. Her work addresses history and identity with a powerful directness, but also with great understanding, nuance and wit”.
The intervention by Walker is the fifth Hyundai Commission, born from the long-term partnership between Tate and Hyundai Motor in order to invite contemporary artists to interact with the unique industrial setting of the Turbine Hall. The site-specific installation by Kara Walker will be on view from October 2, 2019 to April 5, 2020.
- Kara Walker © Ari Marcopoulos