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Kara Walker:  Figa

Kara Walker: Figa

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Edited by Karen Marta

Kara Walker’s Figa, a sculpture monumental in both size and symbol, was installed at the DESTE Foundation’s Hydra Slaughterhouse in 2017. Once a part of her colossal 2014 installation A Subtlety at the Domino Sugar Refinery in Brooklyn, Figa is made up of the hand piece from the anamorphic sphinx that gestures a “fig sign,” both a symbol of fertility and a “fuck you.” In making a return to the site of the Sugar Factory work and the work’s progeny in Hydra, this book offers critical insight on A Subtlety and Figa. Through extensive photographic documentation of the sculpture’s installation in Hydra by Ari Marcopoulos and the seven fables written by Walker illustrating the power of folklore, mythology, and black identity across the history of the United States, Figa in book form captures a blockbuster exhibition in two parts.

6.8 x 0.8 x 9.8 inches, 88 pages, Hard-cover.

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