Born in Stockton (California) in 1969, Kara Walker lives in New York.
When she was 13, her family moved to Atlanta. She earned a Bachelor of
Fine Arts from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991 and a Master of Fine
Arts from the renowned Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. She
rose to prominence in the mid-1990s with wall-sized silhouette
installations. One of the most acclaimed artists working in the United
States today, Kara Walker adopts traditional artistic approaches to
create provocative work executed with extraordinary technical finesse
while addressing history, race relations, gender roles, sexuality, and
violence. Walker does not propose a conciliatory view of the past;
rather, she prods the viewer to question established narratives and
entrenched myths. She is unsparing in her analysis of deep-rooted
conflicts and persistent social ills.
See also Vanina Géré: Les mauvais sentiments – L'art de Kara Walker