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Kara Walker: Figa
Edited by Karen Marta. Preface by Dakis Joannou. Introduction and text by Kara Walker.
Critical insight into the gesturing hand piece from Kara Walker's monumental sugar sphinx
Kara Walker’s (born 1969) Figa, a sculpture monumental in both size and symbol, was installed at the DESTE Foundation’s Hydra Slaughterhouse in 2017. Once a part of Walker’s colossal 2014 installation A Subtlety at the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn, Figa is made up of the hand piece from the anamorphic sphinx that gestures a “fig sign,” at once both a symbol of fertility and a “fuck you.” In making a return to the site of the Sugar Factory work and the work’s progeny in Hydra, this book offers critical insight on A Subtlety and Figa. Through extensive photographic documentation of the installation of the hand sculpture in Hydra by Ari Marcopoulos and seven fables written by Walker illustrating the power of folklore, mythology and black identity across the history of the United States, Figa in book form captures a blockbuster exhibition in two parts.
Featured photograph, by Ari Marcopoulos, is reproduced from 'Kara Walker: Figa.'
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KARMA BOOKS, NEW YORK
USD $40.00 | CAN $47 UK £ 33
Pub Date: 2/28/2023
DESTE FOUNDATION FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
USD $35.00 | CAN $49.95 UK £ 29
Pub Date: 5/21/2019
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