"If Kara Walker told this story she'd emphasize the idea that freedom is something that is wrenched from the hands of oppressors."
- Imani Lateef
Curator: Imani Lateef
2003.33 (Kara Walker)
Kara Walker (American, born 1969), Freedom: A Fable. A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times, 1997, Book with original paper designs: laser-cut black paper silhouettes, folded as pop-up elements; letterpress text, Book (closed): 9 7/16 x 8 3/8 x 7/8 in. (23.9 x 21.3 x 2.3 cm), Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio), Gift of David W. Steadman in honor of the Peter Norton Family, 2003.33. ©2021 Kara Walker
Think of a word that connects each of your pieces together.
How do you feel connected to these images, to the artist?
I'm not sure if I'm connected to these images. I'm in AWE of the work. Horrified and at times disgusted. I'm afraid if I were to be truly connected and immersed in this work I'd lose myself. I'd be infected. Like making a "connection" with a ZOMBIE. Like making a "connection" with Fentanyl. So I admire Kara Walker's work at a distance.
Imani Lateef is an award-winning graphic designer and cartoonist. Imani created Joon Bug’s World, a comic book workshop that helps creative kids Learn the basics of comic book storytelling. He has facilitated comic book workshops across Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.
Kara Walker was born in Stockton, California, in 1969. She received a BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1991, and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. The artist is best known for exploring the raw intersection of race, gender, and sexuality through her iconic, silhouetted figures. Walker unleashes the traditionally proper Victorian medium of the silhouette directly onto the walls of the gallery, creating a theatrical space in which her unruly cut-paper characters fornicate and inflict violence on one another. With one foot in the historical realism of slavery and the other in the fantastical space of the romance novel, Walker’s nightmarish fictions simultaneously seduce and implicate the audience. From: https://art21.org/artist/kara-walker/