Kara Walker and Jason Moran pay tribute to enslaved Africans
Kara Walker and Jason Moran created a mobile monument to slavery with Katastwóf Karavan (2018), a steam powered calliope that paid tribute to enslaved Africans in America.
For its initial presentation at the Prospect.4 triennial in New Orleans, the work was placed and activated on the bank of the Mississippi River at Algiers Point, a site where Africans arrived to be sold into slavery in the 1700s.
“As a stationary object, it always needs to be activated,” explains Walker. “When you have monuments or commemorative things that just exist, they sit there and they disappear.”
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Celebrating ten years of New York Close Up
Ten years ago this week—on June 13, 2011—we cut the ribbon on our second-ever digital series, New York Close Up, dedicated to profiling early career artists living and working in New York City.
The series opened with a double feature: Kalup Linzy & James Franco, That’s Entertainment! and A Brief History of Shana Moulton & Whispering Pines.
To date, the series has profiled over 40 artists across over 100 films, including Rashid Johnson, Diana Al-Hadid, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Jacolby Satterwhite, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Keltie Ferris, Mika Rottenberg, Lucas Blalock, Mika Tajima, and Firelei Báez, among others.
Among the honors for New York Close Up are a Webby Award nomination, multiple Vimeo Staff Picks, and over 75 acceptances at film festivals worldwide including BlackStar, DC Shorts, DOC NYC, and Outfest Fusion.
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