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Carrie Mae Weems and (the lack of) Voices in Museums

“To this day, mainstream institutions exhibit a shocking majority of works from the DWEM (dead white European males) set, leaving a sweeping range of experiences and stories left unshared…Weems’ overall oeuvre explores the experiences of African-American women through photography, text and video. Weems invites viewers to contemplate instances of inequality, whether they be minor incidents in the home or a prejudiced construction of art history. In this series in particular, the artist asks viewers to meditate on museums not as pre-existing temples but man-made creations, in which some are included and others are not.

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Art and Cultural Change

“I was interested in the idea of why and how I could create a new story, a new narrative in art history and a new narrative in the world. And to do this, I knew that I had to see the way in which artists work, understand the artist’s studio as a laboratory, imagine, then, reinventing the museum as a think tank and looking at the exhibition as the ultimate white paper — asking questions, providing the space to look and to think about answers.”

“Can a museum be a catalyst in a community? Can a museum house artists and allow them to be change agents as communities rethink themselves?…. Think about artists, not as content providers, though they can be brilliant at that, but, again, as real catalysts.

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