Fall 2007 - Carrie Mae Weems

All About Eve: Women, Sex, and Desire

"Carrie Mae Weems shows up at the right historic moments, blending with an imperfect past. In her most recent film, Italian Dreams, 2006, Weems is both siren and taskmaster, drifting through the halls of Cinecittà in Rome like she owns the place. (Cinecittà opened in 1937 and later was the studio where Fellini shot most of his films from 1950 to 1990.) She is also the perpetual outsider, rifling through history in an attempt to settle the present. Weems has a broad timeline and a specific mission to probe race, gender and power through her photographs, films and installations while organizing history through its re-stagings."

Excerpt from: Cheryl Kaplan, THE SCREEN TEST: CARRIE MAE WEEMS UP CLOSE
Essay copyright: © Cheryl Kaplan 2007. All rights reserved.

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