Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Carrie Mae Weems – Slow Fade to Black

Carrie Mae WeemsSlow Fade to Black23.04. - 04.06.2019
Metro Hall

Carrie Mae Weems, *1953 in Portland (Oregon), USA,
lives and works in New York

Photo © Toni Hafkenscheid. Courtesy Scotiabank / Photography Festival, the artist, and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, NY

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Placing the spotlight on Black women in popular culture, Slow Fade to Black (2010) recasts images of singers and performers captured at the height of their success in the 20th century.

Presented at a crossroads in Toronto’s Entertainment District, Carrie Mae Weems’ installation of 13 larger-than-life portraits—bridging several generations—portrays Josephine Baker, Nina Simone, Leontyne Price, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, Shirley Bassey, Ella Fitzgerald, Abbey Lincoln, Eartha Kitt, Koko Taylor, and Katherine Dunham. While some of these women retain their iconic status today, others are relatively unknown. Weems contends that their legacies fade as time elapses, yet many of their white, and especially male, counterparts—often performers deeply influenced by groundbreaking Black artists—disproportionately maintain prominence; a circumstance she seeks to illuminate and change.

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Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Carrie Mae Weems – Slow Fade to Black
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Carrie Mae Weems – Slow Fade to Black
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Carrie Mae Weems – Slow Fade to Black
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Carrie Mae Weems – Slow Fade to Black
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Carrie Mae Weems – Slow Fade to Black
Galerie Barbara Thumm \ Carrie Mae Weems – Slow Fade to Black