Kara Walker is best known for her large room and wall installations of life-size silhouettes made from black paper and video projections. The narratives that unfold are set in the Antebellum south. Walker often sources her images from historical textbooks and illustrated periodicals, transforming them into nightmarish graphic narratives that evoke the legacy of slavery.
The graphic power of her 2010 print series ‘An unpeopled land in uncharted waters’ again uses the language of silhouettes but adds to this a modulated dimension with aquatint and subtle shifts of tonal register. The images continue Walker’s concern with historical injustice and oppression and depict sailing ships; a woman swimming or drowning; a black, flameless candle; a whip; and scenes suggesting sexual exploitation.