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Kara Walker discussing her exhibition Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (still). 2004. Video credit: Matthew Suib. Kara Walker. Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts (still), 2004. Video credit: Matthew Suib. Kara Walker discussing her exhibition Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. 2004. Video credit: Matthew Suib.
Kara Walker discussing her exhibition Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts at The Fabric Workshop and Museum (still). 2004. Video credit: Matthew Suib.
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Kara Walker. Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts (still), 2004. Video credit: Matthew Suib.
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Kara Walker discussing her exhibition Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. 2004. Video credit: Matthew Suib.
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Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts.

Artist: Kara Walker

This video clip features the performance of Kara Walker as part of The Fabric Workshop and Museum's exhibition Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo: Kara E. Walker in Two Acts.

The exhibition was the culmination of Kara Walker's collaboration with the FWM. Her residency project, begun in 2001, continued Walker's use of wall drawing and decorative craft traditions, particularly Victorian silhouette portraiture, as the basis of her practice. However Fibbergibbet and Mumbo Jumbo, with its incorporation of video and performance, marked a pivotal point in Walker's work.

Throughout the installation, light, cast by miniature cycloramas or "magic lanterns" and projected video danced across the landscape. This use of projected light forced "something two dimensional into three dimensional spaces." Derived from the artist's use of overhead projectors to cast her silhouette images, the video projections and magic lanterns, coupled with the painted backdrop, created a deliberate theatricality that only further reinforced the play between "fact and fiction, real and fictitious."