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Watch: Kara Walker

Seductive, nightmarish fictions

American artist Kara Walker tackles issues of black history, race, gender and stereotype. She uses the traditionally "proper" medium of silhouette and turns it on its head with unruly cut-paper characters who fornicate and inflict violence upon one another. Recently, these works have developed into puppet-show films, which enacttragicomic pornographic scenarios involving illegitimacy, degradation and compulsive persuasion. Drawing on the historical realism of slavery and the fantastical space of the romance novel, Walker’s films present seductive, nightmarish fictions.

For 2007, Frieze Film presents four short film commissions from some of the most exciting and challenging international artists working today. Each film is premiered in the on-site auditorium and broadcast daily on Channel 4 during the week. This year, Frieze Film is curated by Neville Wakefield under the auspices of Frieze Projects, sponsored by BMW and supported by Channel 4 and Arts & Business.

Kara Walker is an American artist who lives and works in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Centro de Arte Contemporaeno, Malaga and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (all 2008); 'My Complement, My Enemy, My Oppressor, My Love', Walker Art Center Minneapolis (2007), which toured to ARC/Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2007), Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2007), and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2008); and 'After the Deluge', Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (2006).