Turner Prize Winner Steve McQueen Prepares Release of New Film, “12 Years a Slave”

October 16th, 2013

Nelson George, Steve McQueen, Kara Walker, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Eric Foner, via NYTThe New York Times profiles the upcoming release of Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, and the recent panel discussion the filmmaker and artist gave with writer Nelson George and fellow artist Kara Walker, discussing the influences for the film, and its place as a historical perspective on slavery.  “There’s a uniquely American exuberance for violence or an exuberance for getting ahead in the world and making a name for themselves. I’m talking about the sort of plantation class that fought for the entrenchment of the slave system,” Walker notes.  “That’s not something that can be overlooked when you think about the mythology of what it means to be an American, that one can become a self-made man if one is white and male and able.”

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