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*Clears throat and puts on YouTube voice*

HI GUYS, WELCOME BACK TO MY BLOG PAGE!


YASSSSSS ! I have found another female artist and not just any female artist, but a BLACK female artist in Tate (I had to emphasis on that because if you know you know).


I saw this art piece in Tate Modern a few months ago, It has to be the best piece I have seen in Tate. The first time I saw it I was with my aunt and the next 3 times I have visited with my cousins and my friend I literally dragged them to this room (yass they dedicated a whole room to the exhibition, talk about levels). This is a piece of art that makes you feel what the artist is feeling and I don't think i have ever felt like this after experiencing art work.


The amazing piece I am talking about is called From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried by

Carrie Mae Weems


Here is your chance to feel the art work that I have been talking about...


Deep init ?


Let me give you some back story behind the artwork...


With From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried, Carrie Mae Weems reveals how photography has played a key role throughout history in shaping and supporting racism, stereotyping, and social injustice. This installation is comprised of appropriated photographs of slaves in the American South and other 19th- and 20th-century photographs of Africans and African Americans that the artist found in museum and university archives. Among the photographs she selected were daguerreotype commissioned in 1850 by Swiss naturalist Louis Agassiz, who traveled through the American South with a photographer, making portraits of slaves. Agassiz intended to use these portraits as visual evidence to support his theories of the racial inferiority of Africans, and to prepare a taxonomy of physical types in the slave population.“When we’re looking at these images ,” Weems has said, “we’re looking at the ways in which Anglo America—white America—saw itself in relationship to the black subject. I wanted to intervene in that by giving a voice to a subject that historically has had no voice.”

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nfo above is from https://www.moma.org/learn/moma_learning/carrie-mae-weems-from-here-i-saw-what-happened-and-i-cried-1995


More info on the artist

http://carriemaeweems.net/galleries/from-here.html


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Website

https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern/display/artist-and-society/carrie-mae-weems



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