Renowed artist Kara Walker is hoping to draw attention to the slave trade with a new sculpture of “Mammy”. The piece is called A Subtletly, and is 75ft long and 35ft high and 26ft wide, and serves as a cultural critique on the history of slavery.
According to The Art Newspaper, A Subtletly is mostly made out of sugar and comprises a series of figures, including 15 servants bearing empty baskets and bananas. These boyish slaves are moving towards a giantess at the centre of the piece, naked except for a Black Mammie headscarf. Her sphinx-like physique is exaggeratedly feminine. “I was thinking about sugar and the associations with desire,” explains the artist.
The piece is currently on display at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn. A Subtlety opened on Saturday and runs until 6 July. The hours are Fridays 4pm-8pm; and Saturdays and Sundays 12pm-6pm.