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Kara Walker to create artwork for Tate Modern's Turbine Hall

PICTURED: Kara Walker (Photo: Ari Marcopoulos)

KARA WALKER has been selected as the next artist to create the annual Hyundai Commission in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, it has been announced.

Walker, an African-American artist based in New York, is known for her work which explores race, gender, sexuality and violence. Some of her best known art features black cut-paper silhouettes, which often reference the history of slavery and the South.

Frances Morris, director, 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. Seeing her respond to the industrial scale of the Turbine Hall – and the wider context of London and British history – is a hugely exciting proposition.”

Walker, one of the youngest ever recipients of a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant, was born in California but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia from age 13. Her work is displayed in museums throughout the United States and Europe.

Wonhong Cho, executive vice president, Hyundai Motor said: “We look forward to the fifth Hyundai Commission by Kara Walker, known for her explorations of history, culture, race and identity, and to the new ways in which she will engage audiences in the Turbine Hall. In partnership with organisations across the globe, Hyundai Motor will continue to invite international audiences to unique creative experiences.”

Details of Walker’s Turbine Hall art have not yet been made public. As an artist who works using a number of different mediums, including silhouettes, print, film and paint, her commission could take various forms.

Previous artists who have been commissioned to create site-specific work for the Turbine Hall include Ai Weiwei, who created Sunflower Seeds, approximately 8 million individual porcelain sculptures; Carsten Höller Test Site, slides that museum visitors could travel inside; and Danish artists’ collective SUPERFLEX, who created an orange line of swings, entitled One Two Three Swing!

Walker’s work, which will be created specifically for the Turbine Hall, will be on display to to public from October 2 to April 5 2020.

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