Kara Walker, b. 1969
Emancipation Approximation (Scene 9)
Screenprint on paper
44" x 34"
Seattle City Light Portable Works Collection
Kara Walker, an African American woman, has taken her place at the forefront of the contemporary art scene with her art based on racial stereotypes and self-perception. Using silhouettes, Walker tells a series of grotesque tales of plantation slave life that she considers a historical reality suppressed or ignored by popular culture and political mores. This particular work relates to post-Civil War attitudes, experiences and misconceptions. In 1997, Walker became the youngest recipient ever of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's genius grant.