Tate Modern has chosen Kara Walker to create a large-scale installation for its prestigious Hyundai Commission at Turbine Hall, a vast industrial space that has revolutionized public perceptions of contemporary art, per Artsy.net. Since exploding onto the art scene in 1994, Walker quickly earned a name for herself with work that unflinchingly explores injustice and the legacy of slavery in America.
This isn’t Walker’s first time creating work on a grand scale. In 2014, the artist (who, at 28, became one of the youngest ever recipients of a MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grant) used 80 tons of sugar to create an installation in Brooklyn’s defunct Domino Sugar Factory that addressed the historical link between sugar production and slavery.
Walker joins a pantheon of major artists who have been commissioned to show in the Tate’s 85-foot tall and 500-foot long Turbine Hall including Ai WeiWei and Louise Bourgeois. Tate Modern Director Frances Morris released a statement saying, “Walker fearlessly tackles some of the most complex issues we face today. Her work addresses history and identity with a powerful directness, but also with great understanding, nuance and wit. 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.” The installation will open in London on October 2, 2019, and will run through April 5, 2020.