"Blue Black Boy," detail; "Magenta Colored Girl," detail; "Red Bone Boy," detail; "Golden Yella Girl," detail (1990–97)

"Blue Black Boy," detail; "Magenta Colored Girl," detail; "Red Bone Boy," detail; "Golden Yella Girl," detail, 1990–97
Toned silver prints with silkscreened text on matte, 28 1/4x 28 1/4 inches each
© Carrie Mae Weems
Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

"When I was four or five I can remember my father sitting me in his lap and saying, “Carrie, you are the equal to anybody, black, brown, green, yellow. You are their equal and you can do anything.” To have that sort of human spirit, to be brought up with that, set me very early in life on a really good path, always looking for the best in humankind. It didn’t matter if you were white or black or Chinese or Mexican. What mattered was that you were a good person."

-Carrie Mae Weems