This is a Carrie Mae Weems appreciation post.
My gateway into this excellent woman’s body of work was The Kitchen Table Series. I remember being so moved, and excited about how photography could tell stories this way too. And then I wanted to see everything else she’d ever done.
Storytelling is fundamental to my work, a way to best express the human condition that has been a focus of my art from my earliest…
I’ve looked at every photo on her website. Her scope is wide, it explores ‘family relationships, gender roles, the histories of racism, sexism, class, and various political systems’. I think a lot of people will agree that she has done what she set out to:
…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.
Asides The Kitchen Table Series, I particularly love the black dress that features distinctly in photographs in Roaming and Museums. I find all of her work striking and I am here sharing with you a few of my favourites.
(The above are from the Kitchen Table Series. See the whole thing here.)
All photos are from Carrie’s website linked above.