Not Manet’s Type
Primarily working in the field of photography, Carrie Mae Weems engages conversations about cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems, and power. Her use of documentary photography as a visual language, blended with fictional narrative scenes of her own making, are aimed to shift preconceptions bound by centuries of injustice and prejudice, specifically toward women of color. Often using her own body, Weems aims to redefine the Black female presence in art history. Not Manet’s Typeis a series of black and white photographs of the artist with accompanying text that uses irony through historical references to subvert the power dynamics inherent in the white male gaze. In this work Weems’ text is a reference to popular male artists and the perpetuation of sexism, racism, and objectification throughout art history.
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