“Despite the variety of my explorations, throughout it all it has been my contention that my responsibility as an artist is to work, to sing for my supper, to make art, beautiful and powerful, that adds and reveals; to beautify the mess of a messy world, to heal the sick and feed the helpless; to shout bravely from the roof-tops and storm barricaded doors and voice the specifics of our historic moment”.
Carrie Mae Weems
Next autumn the Capella MACBA will host Lincoln, Lonnie and Me, a video installation that, staging life-size phantasmagorical figures, examines the formulation of historic narratives and how past tragedies are constantly renegotiated through Weems’ relationship with president Abraham Lincoln and activist Lonnie Graham. A proposal presented in parallel to the exhibition project organized by Fundación Mapfre in collaboration with Foto Colectania, Barcelona, and Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, where over four decades of Weems’ photographic work will be on show.
With the presentation of this major installation, MACBA joins these leading institutions to revisit Weems’ seminal trajectory. An initiative that highlights how, through a practice that has persistently proved ahead of her time, she has succeeded in reflecting on a complex past while projecting her work into the future, conveying a tireless sense of hope.
This proposal, which will unfold in three different venues in Barcelona, will evolve from a chronological to a conceptual approach and feature some of Weems’ seminal photographic series, as well as her methodological pursuit of insisting on certain images and tropes, revealing a practice that develops inquisitive narratives around gender, race, class, history and representation. Weems’ praxis aims to transcend her immediate context to establish a dialogue with a multiplicity of communities, a call and response that connects different generations on the basis of reciprocal influence, responsibility and care.
Hosted by space KBr of Fundación MAPFRE in Barcelona Foto Colectania and MACBA, the three exhibitions will take place from October 2022 to January 2023.