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Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times 
1997 Norton Christmas Project
Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times 
1997 Norton Christmas Project

Kara Walker

Freedom, a Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times 1997 Norton Christmas Project , 1997

Artwork Type: Prints
Medium: Paper construction on paper
Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 2 in. (23.50 x 21.59 x 5.08 cm)
Accession #: 19971252
Credit: Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of University at Albany Foundation , Gift of Peter Norton Christmas Project
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Object Label:
Kara Walker’s (b. 1969, American) work deals with themes of power, repression, race, history, and sexuality. Walker employs jet-black cut-out silhouettes of figures to express these ideas. Commissioned as part of the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project,* the popup book tells the story of a young black woman who has recently been emancipated after the Civil War, but dreams of “going back to Africa.” In the artist’s construction of the fable, Walker questions the realities of what freedom means and whether one can be free in a ruling-class society. Through her process of combining visceral imagery and narrative, the artist reveals that which is often left unspoken and misconstrued about race.
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