"I still think the social function of art is that kind of negative aesthetic. Otherwise there’s no social function for it."
PREVIEW: Carrie Mae Weems in Season 5 of "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2009)
With the pitch and timbre of an accomplished storyteller, Carrie Mae Weemss vibrant explorations of photography, video, and verse breathe new life into traditional narrative forms -- social documentary, tableaux, self-portrait, and oral history. Eliciting epic contexts from individually framed moments, Weems debunks racist and sexist labels, examines the relationship between power and aesthetics, and uses personal biography to articulate broader truths.
Carrie Mae Weems was featured in the Art in the Twenty-First Century Season 5 episode, Compassion (2009).