WEEMS, Carrie Mae
Reflections for Now
A woman stands in the thaw of winter, the beginning of spring; reflecting, considering, imagining; contemplating the past, imagining the future. With one step she could be in the future in an instant or in the past or in the moment, the now. But to get to now, to this moment, she needs to look back over the landscape of memory. [...]
Widely considered to be one of the most influential American living artists, Carrie Mae Weems has developed a practice celebrated for her exploration of cultural identity, power dynamics, desire, intimacy and social justice through a body of work that challenges the prevailing representations of race, gender, and class. Defined by the use of photography, installation, film, performance and textile, her remarkably diverse and radical practice questions dominant ideologies and historical narratives created and disseminated within science, architecture, and mass media. [publisher's note]
Published in conjunction with the Weems’ solo exhibitions at Barbican Art Gallery London and Kunstmuseum Basel, and edited by curators Florence Ostende, Maja Wismer, and Raúl Muñoz de la Vega, the book gathers texts and poems by the artist as well as conversations between her and Dawoud Bey, DJ Spooky, Theaster Gates, Nona Hendryx, Terence Nance, and HUO.