Kara Walker's latest show, "The Ecstasy of St. Kara," highlights connections between religion, slavery, martyrdom, and the use of lethal force by police, which has inspired protests nationwide.
In the show's catalog, Walker says that controversial recent killings of black men by police represent a backlash, caused by deep-seated racial anxieties, against the election of Barack Obama as the nation's first black president.
Burning African Village Play Set with Big House and Lynching, 2006
Painted laser cut steel
22 parts, dimensions variable
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