Installation View: Carrie Mae Weems:

Three Decades of Photography and Video at The Frist

By Laura Hutson for Nashville Good Night Scene, September 21, 2012

Not surprisingly, the preview audience seemed most moved by “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried,” the series of 33 appropriated photographs of African-Americans from the earliest days of photography, and curator Katie Delmez mentioned that Michelle Obama was similarly moved after seeing the series at the MoMA. When an audience member told Weems that she wanted to cry whenever she saw one particular photograph — the famous daguerreotype of the shirtless man whose back was badly scarred, presumably from being beaten by his slave owner — Weems said that she too felt those strong emotions, and that was why it was important to her to etch the inscription on the glass.

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Carrie Mae Weems is an UC San Diego Visual Arts MFA Alumna.

Image courtesy of the Artist Carrie Mae Weems, The Frist, and em>Nashville Good Night Scene.

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