Kara Walker's Vision: The Shadow Act
Updated: Jul 31, 2020
Kara Walker in her studio. In her work, slavery is a nightmare from which no American has awakened. Photograph by Ruven Afanador.
The essay, by Hilton Als, originally appeared in The New Yorker, October 1, 2007.
“What I recognized, besides narrative and historicity and racism, was this very physical displacement: the paradox of removing a form from a blank surface that in turn creates a black hole." - Kara Walker