Resurrection Story Without Patrons, 2017
Etching with aquatint, sugar-lift, spit-bite and dry-point, Printed on Hahnemuhle Copperplate Bright White 400gsm paper
39.75 x 49 inches
101 x 124.5 cm
Edition of XXX [30]
Printed by Burnet Editions
Published by Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Kara Walker
Resurrection Story Without Patrons
Kara Walker created this print following a residency at the American Academy in Rome during the Spring of 2016. The experience provided time and distance for reflection on the spate of police killings of young black men, and the persistence of such events in the United States. She delved into the power of monuments and themes of martyrdom that dominate and complicate the issue of slavery and free will. The print [and a related class taught at Rutgers University] probes the relevance of memorials, monuments and the role such objects play in shaping collective experience. It also incorporates themes of Christianity, clearly influenced by the artist’s environs during her residency, and its complex history globally as well as in black life - in Kara’s own words, “alternating between captor and redeemer.”

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