Carrie Mae Weems’ From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried

Carrie Mae Weems, American born 1953

 

From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried

 

27 of 32 chromogenic colour prints with sand-blasted text on glass.

 

Enlarged, cropped, and tinted images which are appropriated photographs of slaves and of African-Americans from 18th and 19th centuries found in North American museums and university libraries, placed in circular format; 

 

 overlaid with the artist’s texts.

 

on exhibit at MOMA,  Spring 2021. 

Images are from the artist’s website.

 

 

Weems has said that these images are the ways in which White America saw itself in relationship to the Black subject.

 

“I wanted to intervene in that,”Weems has said, “by giving a voice to a subject that historically has had no voice.” 

 

 

 

From Here I Saw What Happened

 

 

 

And I Cried