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Carrie Mae Weems (American, b.1953)
LOT ID: 81347
Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series), 1992

Silver Print, and text panel
60 х 20 in. (152.4 x 50.8 cm.)
Signed, and numbered, verso of each panel
Edition 10/10
Lot description
Through a combination of photography and text, Carrie Mae Weems surveys and re-contextualizes history to provide new and enlightened insights on our contemporary culture and the African American experience. In the early 1990s, Weems traveled to Sea Island off the coast of Georgia, where the Gullah people - the descendents of freed slaves - live and preserve their cultural heritage. From this series, 'Ebo Landing' presents a triptych of two silver print photographs of the landscape flanking a text panel recounting the tale of 'Ebo Landing', where a group of men drown themselves before being sold into slavery. By associating this folklore with the images of Sea Island today, Weems brings to light the historical roots of the setting.

Each panel measures 20 x 20 in. (framed 20.75 x 20.75 in.).

Carrie Mae Weems (b. 1953, Portland, OR) is considered one of the most influential contemporary American photographers. She consistently investigates the meaning of power and what it means to engage and challenge it. Her work deals with racism, colonialism, gender relations, politics, personal and cultural identity, yearning, and loss. Where and When I Entered the British Museum shows her determination to enter the picture both literally and metaphorically. She embodies the black female artist demanding entry to the bastion of white male culture. Weems studied at California Institute of the Arts, University of California at San Diego and University of California, Berkeley. She has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, International Center of Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, High Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, and the Whitney Museum.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY)
Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Fotomuseum Winterthur (Zurich, Switzerland)
Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
  • Ebo Landing (from the Sea Island Series) by Carrie Mae Weems
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