"You are recreating the very racism this art is supposed to critique,” I yelled. The visitors lowered their cameras. Just seconds ago, they had been aiming their lenses at the sculpture of a 40-foot tall, nude black female sphinx. Many posed under its ass; some laughed and pointed at its vulva. As I watched their joking, my thoughts spun and I walked into the crowd, turned to face them and began yelling.
The summer is completely flying and I will be left reeling by the end of it. The speed and velocity of this season has me feeling like a wreck. Confused and unable to process what is happening or what I want.
Parasol is recording a new full length kind of unexpectedly and I have so much work to do for it and have to make space for it somehow which is stressful, but feel really excited about the work we are doing and the ideas for it.
I turn 27 next week. What will become of me after the dust has settled?
Parasol is leaving in a week for a short tour to both Plan-It-X Fest and Do You Hear We Fest! Hope to see friends at some shows and for hangs!! Thanks SO MUCH to anyone/everyone who has helped us with shows on this tour. Summer is so packed and we really appreciate it!!
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"I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history." —Kara Walker
New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.