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(...) Art allows us to navigate the more complicated parts of our lives in a way that is more palpable. We don't go to the movies just to see a movie; we go for the experience. I'm very interested in the experience. Art has saved my life on a regular basis. I wanted to offer that experience to children, to enlist them, to show them the possibilities that are in the arts, to persuade them to pursue it for both their own personal salvation and for changing the way we are understood.

Carrie Mae Weems, is an afro-feminist artist whose work is a vehicle for questioning and denouncing. She addresses issues of racism, domination, identity and gender from a committed point of view.

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 I got my first camera when I was 21-my boyfriend gave it to me for my birthday. But at that point politics was my life, and I viewed the camera as a tool for expressing my political beliefs rather than as an art medium.

Carrie Mae Weems was born in Portland, Oregon in 1953.

 

Considered one of the most influential contemporary American artists, Weems has investigated family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and the consequences of power. Determined as ever to enter the picture - both literally and metaphorically - Weems has sustained an ongoing dialogue within contemporary discourse for over thirty years. During this time, Weems has developed a complex body of art employing photographs, text, fabric, audio, digital images, installation, and video. In a New York Times review of her retrospective, Holland Cotter wrote, “Ms. Weems is what she...

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