Carrie Mae Weems

born 1953


Carrie Mae Weems (born April 20, 1953) is considered as one of the most important contemporary artists who works with text, fabric, audio, digital images, and installation video, and is best known for her work in the field of photography. She raised to the prominence by her early 1990s photographic project The Kitchen Table Series. Her award-winning photographs, films, and videos have been displayed in over 50 exhibitions in the United States and abroad, and focus on serious issues that face African Americans today, such as racism, sexism, politics, and personal identity.

She said, "Let me say that my primary concern in art, as in politics, is with the status and place of Afro-Americans in the country." More recently however, she expressed that "Black experience is not really the main point; rather, complex, dimensional, human experience and social inclusion ... is the real point."

Weems now lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn and Syracuse, New York, with her husband Jeffrey Hoone. She continues to produce art that provides social commentary on the experiences of people of color, especially black women, in America.She currently is an Artist in residence at Syracuse University.Weems is one of six artist-curators who made selections for Artistic License: Six Takes on the Guggenheim Collection, on view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from May 24, 2019, to January 12, 2020.

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