Carrie Mae WeemsBild/Gegenbild: Tarrah Krajnak, VALIE EXPORT, Sanja Iveković, Ana Mendieta, Carrie Mae Weems
22.04. - 27.08.2023
Museum Ludwig, Cologne
Carrie Mae Weems, *1953 in Portland (Oregon), USA,
lives and works in New York
Exhibition views: Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln / Sabrina Walz17 available works
In her series Not Manet’s Type from 1997, the artist Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953 Portland, OR, USA, lives in Syracuse, NY, USA) depicts herself—indirectly, using a dressing-table mirror—in various postures, including as a nude model.
In the accompanying texts, Weems observes with biting disdain that modern European painters never chose Black women as models; instead, their beauty was excluded. At the same time, she addresses her uncertainty as to the angle from which she should approach the subject: as artist or model? On the level of the gaze, she switches the uncertainty around: the mirror frames the intimate scene and thus makes the viewer guilty of voyeurism.
Curator: Barbara Engelbach