Kara Walker - Theme for the Fons Americanus - 2021
Kara Walker has generously produced Theme for the Fons Americanus, 2021, a limited edition print on the occasion of the Hyundai Commission, Fons Americanus, at Tate Modern, 2 October 2019 – 7 February 2021.
Walker’s edition is a study for her Fons Americanus, a 13-metre tall site-specific fountain and sculpture created for the Turbine Hall in Tate Modern and inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London. Rather than a celebration of the British Empire, Fons Americanus subverts the usual function of a memorial to question narratives of power and explore the interconnected histories of Africa, America and Europe. Utilising water as a central motif, Walker links the legacies of imperialism and white supremacy to the legacies of individual lives, fates, and tragedies. Bringing together fact, fiction and memory, Fons Americanus stands as a representation of this narrative, a new mythology of the Black Atlantic. This edition offers a fascinating glimpse into the artist’s process.
This limited edition Kara Walker print is available now from Tate Shop