Kara Walker’s recent Hyundai Commission is a 45-foot-high fountain at Tate Modern, exploring the historical tether between Africa, America and Europe with inspiration from the Victoria Memorial in London. Water, Tate says, has its own significance in the work, “referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents.” The title of the work: “Fons Americanus.”
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★★★★ – The Guardian ★★★★ – Time Out ★★★★★ – i news Fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale in @kara_walker_official's ambitious Hyundai Commission: 'Fons Americanus' in Tate Modern's #TurbineHall. Inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of London's Buckingham Palace, the 13-metre high fountain questions how we remember history in our public monuments and at the same time, presents a narrative on the origins of the African diaspora. Free and open now! Click our bio link to read more. In partnership with Hyundai Motor.
In the work, Tate says, “fantasy, fact and fiction meet at an epic scale.” This is the firth of the Hyundai Commissions, which has also seen work from Tania Bruguera, SUPERFLEX, Philippe Parreno, and Abraham Cruzvillegas.