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CARRIE MAE WEEMS. A Great Turn in the Possible
Carrie Mae Weems, "Untitled (Woman Standing Alone)". From "The Kitchen Table Series", 1990. © Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin

CARRIE MAE WEEMS. A Great Turn in the Possible

October 5, 2022 - January 15, 2023

Carrie Mae Weems (Oregon, 1953) is a multidisciplinary artist best known for her photography work, a medium she has used extensively for the last forty years of her career. The exhibition looks back at Weems' body of work with an emphasis on her pioneering approach to photography — images are projections into the future animated by a tireless sense of hope.

Initially, her work focused on portraying family and friends, but then it gradually developed into a broader vision that questions stereotypes and history, exploring the relations between the powerful vis-a-vis the most vulnerable in society. Weems talks about deliberate violence, both towards people of colour—the community she belongs to—and the world at large. Even so, her highly contrasted work also makes space for scenes of intimacy and love.

The exhibition comprises a video installation and over twenty photographic series spanning more than four decades of artistic practice, from 1978 to 2022. At the same time, it analyses the working methodology of the artist who, in some of her most controversial images, frequently addresses themes such as gender, race, class, and social and political issues. Through her work, Weems establishes dialogues with different communities with the intention of connecting generations based on common influences and a mutual sense of responsibility.

The exhibition, curated by Elvira Dyangani Ose, is presented jointly at the Centro de Fotografía KBr Fundación MAPFRE and at Fundació Foto Colectania, and it comprises two renown series The Kitchen Table (1990) and And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People (1989-1990) together with a selection of video works.

The exhibition is organised by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart.

Carrie Mae Weems,
Carrie Mae Weems, "A hot spot in a corrupt world". From the series "And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People", 1989-1990. © Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin
Carrie Mae Weems,
Carrie Mae Weems, "A Precise Moment in Time". From the series "And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People", 1989-1990. © Carrie Mae Weems, courtesy of Jack Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin

The exhibition is organised by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with Fundación Foto Colectania, Barcelona and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart.

As part of the project, MACBA Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona displays the video installation Lincoln, Lonnie, and Me.