Walker’s sphinx is triumphant, rising from another kind of half world—the shadowy half world of slavery and degradation. But now she’s bigger than the rest of us. Still, she wears a kerchief to remind us where she comes from. She is Cleopatra as worker: unknown to you because you have rarely seen her as she raised your children, cleaned up your messes—emotional and otherwise. Walker has made this servant monumental not only because she wants us to see her but so the sphinx can show us—so she can get in our face with her brown sugar underneath all that whiteness.
Hilton Als on Kara Walker’s latest project, “A Subtlety or the Marvelous Sugar Baby,” - which if you’re lucky enough to be in Brooklyn between May 10th and July 6th you can see for free. Go!
Black lives matter! Yesterday in Chicago. Photo by lawrence agyei.
#HANDSUP! JUSTICE FOR EZELL FORD
AND SOLIDARITY WITH FERGUSON
Downtown L.A. August 17, 2014.
Photos by steve craig.