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Kara Walker | No world 2010 | From ‘An unpeopled land in uncharted waters’ series 2010 | Etching with aquatint, sugar-lift, spit-bite and dry-point, printed on Hahnemühle Copperplate Bright White 300gsm paper | 68.5 x 99cm | Purchased 2010 with a special allocation from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation

Kara Walker ‘An unpeopled land in uncharted waters’ 2010

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.

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