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For this year’s Hyundai Commission, Kara Walker transforms the Turbine Hall with an ambitious new work.
Based in New York, Kara Walker is renowned for her candid explorations of race, sexuality and violence. She is best known for her use of black cut-paper silhouetted figures, referencing the history of slavery and the antebellum South in the US through provocative and elaborate installations. Her works, including drawings, sculptures, film and, more recently, large-scale installations, have featured prominently in exhibitions around the world since the mid-1990s. For the Hyundai Commission, Walker has created a new site-specific work.
Since Tate Modern opened in 2000, the Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable and acclaimed works of contemporary art, reaching an audience of millions each year. The way artists have responded to this vast, former industrial space has transformed public perceptions of contemporary art.