Kara Walker to Create Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall Commission

Kara Walker, ‘Song of the South’, 2005, installation view. Courtesy: Getty Images; photograph: Spencer Weiner

Kara Walker, ‘Song of the South’, 2005, installation view. Courtesy: Getty Images; photograph: Spencer Weiner

Kara Walker has been selected to create a new installation for the Tate Modern’s vast Turbine Hall, which will go on show in London on 2 October 2019 as part of the gallery’s Hyundai Commission series. The African American artist is known for her black-and-white paper cut-outs, whose silhouettes engage with the history and legacy of white supremacy and slavery in the USA. Walker is no stranger to working on a monumental scale – in 2014, she installed a sugar-coated sphinx in New York’s derelict Domino Sugar Refinery for a Creative Time commission. Tate Modern director Frances Morris said: ‘Seeing her respond to the industrial scale of the Turbine Hall – and the wider context of London and British history – is a hugely exciting proposition.’ Following on from the Turbine Hall’s 2018 commission created by the Cuban artist Tania Bruguera, Walker’s installation will run until 5 April 2020.