Barbara Walker: ‘It’s like life itself, like the air I breathe’

Meet the visual artist interested in power, identity and the visibility of Black experience

In this film visual artist Barbara Walker MBE, RA shows us around her studio in Birmingham and talks about the themes present in her practice, including temporality, power and body politics.

We also see her creating a free-hand wall drawing in Towner Gallery as part of her series Burden of Proof. This sequence of large-scale portraits, which have been created in-situ across different spaces, capture individuals affected by the Windrush Scandal.

Barbara Walker is nominated for the 2023 Turner Prize, hosted by Towner Eastbourne. The winner will be announced on 5 December 2023.

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