For Barbara Walker: Vanishing Point the artist has selected two paintings from the collection of the National Gallery, London that are displayed alongside her own drawings in order to highlight cultural differences in historic and contemporary societies. The Banquet of Cleopatra (1740s) by Tiepolo and A Homage to Velázquez (about 1692-1700) by Giordano both feature Black figures. The loans are made possible through the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund, an initiative created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund.
Walker’s work depicts subjects who are often cast as minorities, inviting the viewer to look beyond the anonymising act of categorising or classifying citizens. Her pictures make visible the lives of others, and address the allusions associated with the labels conferred upon people by society. By exhibiting the National Gallery loans with her own drawings of Black Subjects, Walker is showing these historic works in a fresh context, drawing attention to the figures that are usually overlooked