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Kara Walker : after the deluge

Author: Kara Elizabeth Walker
Publisher: New York : Rizzoli, 2007. ©2007
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"After the deluge is a grandiloquent phrase that has been bandied about in the news and popular discourse since the floodwaters receded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Here the term has been appropriated by Kara Walker, a contemporary artist known for her satires of slave life in the antebellum south. This book is an attempt to vivify the empty spaces disasters (waterborne or otherwise) leave in their wake
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Genre/Form: Bildband
Artists' books
Visual works
Exhibition catalogs
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Walker, Kara Elizabeth.
Kara Walker.
New York : Rizzoli, 2007
(OCoLC)741712278
Named Person: Kara Elizabeth Walker; Kara Elizabeth Walker; Kara Walker; Kara Elizabeth Walker; Kara Walker; Kara Elizabeth Walker
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kara Elizabeth Walker
ISBN: 9780847829811 0847829812
OCLC Number: 144225309
Notes: "A visual essay by Kara Walker"--Page [3].
Description: 118 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Contents: Murky --
Deep-rooted traditions --
Chocolate city --
Port of call --
Middle passages --
Savagery --
Sea --
The failure of containment --
Inundation --
Going under --
Darkness --
Black --
The whiteness of the wall --
Superdome --
Extraction --
Digestion --
Portents.
Other Titles: After the deluge
Responsibility: Kara Walker.
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"After the deluge is a grandiloquent phrase that has been bandied about in the news and popular discourse since the floodwaters receded in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Here the term has been appropriated by Kara Walker, a contemporary artist known for her satires of slave life in the antebellum south. This book is an attempt to vivify the empty spaces disasters (waterborne or otherwise) leave in their wake and examine the historical/mythological precedents for images of Water, 'the Africanist presence' (as Toni Morrison terms it in her seminal essay 'Playing in the dark') embodied in those images, and the shadow at that intersection where the real melts into fiction"--Dust jacket.

"Here I have gathered images from the distant and relatively recent past. All of the historical paintings and my images and typewritten texts predate the recent hurricanes, tsunamis, and to some extent, the global concern over rising sea levels. Paintings are neat containers of ideas about the commonplace nature of disaster. The genre painters featured in this book bring to the surface a subjective mix of terror, wish fulfillment, and mundane observation that is sometimes lost in a photography-driven world. I created this book because I was tired of seeing news images of (Black) people suffering presented as though it were a fresh, new thrilling subject. I brought together the art in this book (and the exhibition that preceded it) thinking like a draughtsman, perhaps absurdly so, as even the typewritten texts are from an ongoing series of text pieces I think of as drawings. The book is a series of thoughts of or related tangentially to Hurricane Katrina, and floods to come. It is a rumination on a fear of the deep and the problem of the shallow--'skin deep.' The book is the result of thinking like a Black woman, perhaps absurdly so, because to be 'Black' in the context of the book means broad sweeps of types of representation: stereotypical, archetypal, Negro, African, the color of nighttime, the color of cut paper, the feeling of engulfment, the sense of humor, the style of outrage. This is a book of pictures, pictures of things which engage our pleasure centers"--Artist's statement, dust jacket.

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