A Subtlety by Kara Walker

 

 

Over the weekend I visited Kara Walker’s A Subtlety exhibit in honor of the unfairly treated sugarcane workers. The sphinx stood tall in the back of the abandoned Domino sugar factory, however for me it was the sugar baby sculptures that stole the show. The sugar baby sculptures really express the horrible working conditions of the sugarcane plantations and how children are tragically forced to work in such awful conditions. Since the sugar baby sculptures are made primarily of sugar they were melting and becoming disfigured, in a sense I feel that this process is part of the statement, to me it represents how this work runs-down those who do it especially the young children who should not be forced to do such hard labor. The exhibit was very moving; I would recommend that anyone in the Brooklyn area visit it before it ends on July 6, 2014.

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