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Kara Walker, “World Exposition” (detail) (1997): “Scatology is prominent in Walker’s tableaux—recall that in The End of Uncle Tom, feces marks the lone child’s path, fixing our attention on Eva’s frustrated pursuit of diabolical vengeance. Accordingly, Slavery, Slavery! includes two piles of feces, to the right of which a woman is bent by the stench. To explain its function here, [Robert] Hobbs invokes the ‘black hole’ Walker mentioned earlier. ‘The equivalent of the black hole and abjection are the piles of dung,’ Hobbes writes; ‘the dung signifies the hollowness that attends the rejection of one’s current subjectivity.’”—Darby English, “A New Context for Reconstruction” in How to See a Work of Art in Total Darkness. Cambridge: The MIT Press, 2007. p. 93.

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