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Meet MacArthur Award winner Carrie Mae Weems
The photographer is now officially a genius, but her socially charged work has insightfully questioned and interpreted American life for nearly three decades
 

On Wednesday, the MacArthur Foundation awarded 24 extraordinary people — from economists to jazz musicians — with illustrious genius grants. One of those recipients is photographer and video installation artist Carrie Mae Weems, who, over nearly three decades, has used art to question and interpret America's ongoing struggles with race equality, human rights, and social inclusion. Weems frames her work this way:

"My work has led me to investigate family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems. Despite the variety of my explorations, throughout it all it has been my contention that my responsibility as an artist is to work, to sing for my supper, to make art, beautiful and powerful, that adds and reveals; to beautify the mess of a messy world, to heal the sick and feed the helpless; to shout bravely from the roof-tops and storm barricaded doors and voice the specifics of our historic moment." (Carrie Mae Weems)

Here a selection of her work:

Mourning, 2008
From the series "Constructing History" | Archival pigment print (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)




A Scientific Profile, 1995-96
From the series "From Here I Saw What Happened And I Cried" | C-print with sandblasted text on glass (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)




A Broad and Expansive Sky-Ancient Rome, 2006
From the series "Roaming" | digital c-print (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)




Slow Fade to Black (Josephine Baker, Lena Horne, and Katherine Dunham), 2009-2011
From the series "Slow Fade to Black" | inkjet print (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)




Untitled (Man Smoking/Malcolm X), 1990
From "Kitchen Table Series" | Gelatin silver photograph (Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York)

For more information on the artist go to:
* Carrie Mae Weems website
* Jack Shainman Gallery

 
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