|2013 MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems and husband Jeff Hoone pose in front of signage for her travelling retrospective which opened at The Frist Center in Nashville. September 2012. BlackArtistNews photo. All rights reserved.|
Text | Ken Sturtz for Syracuse.com
Photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems has been awarded a $625,000 fellowship over the next five years from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Weems' work examines African-American identity, class and culture in the United States. The 60-year-old Salt City resident was one of 24 fellows chosen this year.
The MacArthur Fellowship, or 'Genius Grant' is awarded annually to several dozen people working in any field who show exceptional merit and promise for creative work. The award does not reward past accomplishment. Rather it invests in a person's potential.
Regardless, Weems -- whose career has spanned 25 years -- has used everything in her art from photographs, text and fabric, to audio, digital images and video.
Weems has made a career of representing American life in terms of race, gender and class, often using her own image to illustrate her point of view.
She is known for her documentary photographic series including: Family Pictures and Stories (1978-1984); Ain't Jokin' (1987-1988); Colored People (1989-1990); and the Kitchen Table series (1990).
Weems was just recognized by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation for her contributions to the arts.
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