COPENHAGEN.- GL Strand presents Kara Walker - Humour and Horror in Seductive Works, on view through January 18, 2009. For the first time in Scandinavia GL STRAND presents a solo exhibition with the world famous artist Kara Walker, who is known for her seductively beautiful silhouette-scenarios about race, gender and differences.
Kara Walker is one of the most complex and ambitious American artists in her generation. Already at the age of 27 she gained international recognition with her use of characteristic man-size silhouette cut, that play with stereotypes in a style taken from the time around the American Civil War. With disturbing beauty and great wit the artist exposes the historic racism in order to question present problems in the depiction of race, sexuality, gender and identity.
In a diversity of media ranging from film and installation to puppet theatre, drawing, painting and the enormous characteristic silhouette cuts Walker explores the annoyances of the past and problems of the present in the contrasts between fear and joy, love and hate, race and class, oppressor and oppressed.
Within the recent years Kara Walker has exhibited at leading museums and festivals all over the world, including The Venice Biennial 2007, Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris.
The exhibition at GL STRAND is organised in cooperation with Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. A richly illustrated catalogue is published in relation to the exhibition, among other things containing an extensive interview with Kara Walker.
The exhibition is on display simultaneously with the exhibition Nils Erik Gjerdevik.