Carrie Mae WeemsThe Evidence of Things Not Seen26.10.2023 - 07.04.2024
Carrie Mae Weems, *1953 in Portland (Oregon), USA,
lives and works in New York
Images: © Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York and Galerie Barbara Thumm, Berlin.
Photos: Julian Salinas17 available works
In her show entitled The Evidence of Things Not Seen at the Kunstmuseum Basel | Gegenwart, North American artist Carrie Mae Weems, born in 1953, asks us to join her in exploring blind spots in (contemporary) history.
For some 40 years she has been probing prevailing historical accounts of events and exposing the ways in which these are constructed and projected in politics, science, art, the mass media, photography and architecture. By the purposeful tracking down of specific sites or by re-enacting select historical realities, she lays bare the narratives of marginalised groups, and thus, through her art, presents us with narratives as yet neglected by contemporary historiography. These gaps, to which the exhibition’s title alludes, emerge by way of dominant power structures, social segmentation in urban planning, or quite simply, through racism; whereby it is the latter issue that comprises the focus of Carrie Mae Weems’ comprehensive photographic projects, videos and installations. Yet she contrasts the long history of violence against people of colour with the no less lengthy history of resistance, and in doing so, analyses both aspects with acute insight.Read more