Commissioned for Tate Modern‘s annual Hyundai Programme, Kara Walker created a site-specific installation revealed in the grandiose Turbine Hall of the museum during Frieze Week. Known for her deep and fearless explorations of race, gender, sexuality, history, and violence, the NY artist’s practice covers multiple media including drawings, prints, murals, shadow-puppets, projections and more.
Fons Americanus is a 13-metre tall working fountain inspired by the Victoria Memorial in front of Buckingham Palace, London. Reminding visitors of the horrors of the British Empire, Walker’s fountain examines British imperialism and its influence on Africa, Europe and America. Water remains a key theme in her oeuvre, referring to the transatlantic slave trade and the ambitions, fates and tragedies of people from these three continents. A masterpiece which presents deep layers of meaning, infinite references and interpretations.