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Artist Taloi Havini and Ruth McDougall, curator of Pacific art at Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, discuss Havini's first Australian solo exhibition, Reclamation .

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In the United States, parallels have been drawn between the HIV/AIDS crisis and what is unfolding with Covid-19. These connections feed into P·P·O·W's online exhibition, Hell is a Place on Earth. Heaven is a Place in Your Head .

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Carrie Mae Weems Biography

Carrie Mae Weems explores identity through photography and videos she sometimes pairs with texts written in startling vernacular. In the series 'Ain't Jokin' (1987–88), a woman asks a magic mirror 'who's the finest of them all?' only to be told 'Snow White, you black bitch, and don't you forget it!!!'

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Weems is best known for 'The Kitchen Table Series' (1990): simple black-and-white photos of a young black woman at home — alone, with friends, a romantic partner, her daughter. In the images, the artist plays what the work itself describes as a woman with a 'bodacious manner, varied talents, hard laughter, [and] multiple opinions.'

Born in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, Carrie Mae Weems earned a BFA from the California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, and an MFA in photography from the University of California, San Diego, before joining the Graduate Program in Folklore at the University of California, Berkeley. She also studied postmodern dance with Anna Halprin, and performance has been an important part of her practice.

Carrie Mae Weems received a MacArthur Fellowship in 2013 and a year later became the first African American woman to have a retrospective at New York's Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, entitled 'Three Decades of Photography and Video'. In 2020, she was named a Rolex mentor alongside Spike Lee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Phyllida Lloyd. Her chosen protégé is Colombian filmmaker and visual artist Camila Rodríguez Triana.

Weems' work is in the collections of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; among others.

Biography by Sam Gaskin | Ocula | 2020

Carrie Mae Weems Featured Artworks

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All the Boys (Profile 2) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsAll the Boys (Profile 2), 2016Archival pigment print on gesso board diptych
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The Louvre by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsThe Louvre, 2006Digital c-print
73 x 61 x 2.5 inches (incl frame)
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The British Museum by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsThe British Museum, 2006–presentDigital c-print
50 1/4 x 50 inches
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Scenes & Takes (In the Carefully Construction Fusion) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsScenes & Takes (In the Carefully Construction Fusion), 2016Laminated pigment print mounted on board, screen printed text on gesso board
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Scenes & Takes (The Bad and the Beautiful) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsScenes & Takes (The Bad and the Beautiful), 2016Laminated pigment print mounted on board, screen printed text on gesso board
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Blue Notes (Claudia Lennear #1) by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsBlue Notes (Claudia Lennear #1), 2014Archival inkjet print with silkscreened colour blocks
99.1 x 78.7 x 5.1 cm (incl frame)
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Blue Notes by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsBlue Notes, 2014Archival inkjet print with silkscreened colour blocks
99.1 x 78.7 x 5.1 cm (incl frame)
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Color Real and Imagined by Carrie Mae Weems contemporary artwork
Carrie Mae WeemsColor Real and Imagined, 2014Archival pigment with silkscreened colour blocks
76.2 x 116.8 cm
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Carrie Mae Weems Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems, Over Time at Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
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23 January–29 February 2020 Carrie Mae Weems Over Time Goodman Gallery, Cape Town
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine at Goodman Gallery, London
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3 October–2 November 2019 Group Exhibition I’ve grown roses in this garden of mine Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Carrie Mae Weems, Over Time at Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg
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7 September–5 October 2019 Carrie Mae Weems Over Time Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg

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The Striking Election-Season Billboards That Are Also Art Related Press The Striking Election-Season Billboards That Are Also Art 8 October 2018, Vanity Fair

The billboards going up around the country this week will have a familiar message for this midterm election: Vote. But featuring images of protests and reminders of the 2016 election, produced by some of the country's best-known artists, the billboards—one for each of the 50 states—will look nothing like your average political...

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