Kara Walker. Go to Hell or Atlanta, Whichever Comes First

1 Oct 2015 – 7 Nov 2015

Regular hours

10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00
10:00 – 18:00

Victoria Miro Gallery

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • 43, 205, 214, 394
  • Old Street (Exit 8)

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Often provocative and humorous, Kara Walker's work explores the tensions and power plays of racial and gender relations.


Walker's work engages with historical narratives and the ways in which these stories have been suppressed, distorted and falsified. This exhibition extends her exploration of the brutalising histories of colonialism and slavery, and the political and psychological consequences that accompanies identity formation in contexts of oppression and violence.

Drawing from art historical and literary sources, Walker creates and deconstructs scenarios that expose biases and prejudices, exploring the power struggles underlying personal and political relationships. Her work proposes alternative mythologies, and new ways of engaging with traumatic historical material. Walker uses historical decorative styles including the silhouette to create complex and sophisticated narratives, emphasising and undermining the ways in which images and narratives can be subject to stereotyping

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Kara Walker


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