Carrie Mae Weems

A great turn in the posible

OCT.05.2022          JAN.15.2023

La orilla del tiempo. La Antigua Roma, de la serie “Deambulando”, 2006

Carrie Mae Weems
The Edge of Time – Ancient Rome, from the series “Roaming”, 2006
© Courtesy of the artist and the Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

Exhibition

 

OCT.05.2022        JAN.15.2023

Where

KBr Photography Center
Avenida Litoral, 30 – 08005 Barcelona

Tel: +34 93 272 31 80

infokbr@fundacionmapfre.org

Opening times:
Mondays (except holidays): Closed.
Tuesday to Sundays (and holidays): 11 am – 7 pm

Closed:
December 25th, January 1st and 6th

Limited opening hours:
December 24th and 31th, January 5th: 11 am – 3 pm

*The evacuation of the hall starts 10 minutes before closing time. Last access (6:30 pm) only allows a 20 minutes tour to the exhibitions.

How to arrive

Buses: 59, 136, V21, V27, H16, 47, V23
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Subway: Line 4 and Line 1
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Bicycle racks: 396; 397
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Audio-guides

Available online in SpanishCatalan and English. Accessible via mobile without downloads or installations.

Also available in audio device obtainable in the hall (if available).

Price: €4

Accessibility

Ramp for wheelchair access – The three floors of the hall are accessed by a generously-sized elevator.

Services

Locker Service.

Bookstore

KBr Bookstore by Juan Naranjo.

librería@juannaranjo.eu / Telf. (+34) 933 568 021

From the outset, Carrie Mae Weems has dedicated herself to reframing the identity of the African-American community and that of women, to exploring the mechanisms behind power, who wields it and over whom it is wielded, as well as to questioning institutional narratives surrounding history. Her works, although focused on photography, exceed the limits of the medium and range from performance to videos and installations ‒to cite just a few‒ and they are imbued by a sense of struggle against injustice and violence in the hope of making this a better world.

Curator: Elvira Dyangani Ose

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Combined ticket (KBr & Foto Colectania)

  • This ticket allows access to the two venues where Carrie Mae Weems. A great turn in the possible is performed: KBr and Foto Colectania.
  • PRICE: 5 €. Presenting this "Combined Ticket", access to the exhibition at Foto Colectania is reduced from €5 to €3.
  • In addition to these two VENUES, the work of C.M. Weems is also present at Capella MACBA, where the installation Lincoln, Lonnie, and me is shown. (Free entrance).

Ticket PLUS

  • TICKET and AUDIO GUIDE for Carrie Mae Weems. A great turn in the possible (there is not audio guide to KBr FLAMA 22). The audio guide is accessible online, from the Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Price: GENERAL PLUS: €9. REDUCED PLUS: €7. Tuesdays (except holidays): €4.
  • Does not include headphones. You can add them (€1) during the online purchase or at the ticket office. For sustainability reasons we recommend you to bring your own headphones.

Individual

  • Access to Carrie Mae Weems. A great turn in the possible and KBr FLAMA 22.
  • General admission: €5. Reduced ticket beneficiaries: €3.
  • Free Access (€0): Tuesdays (except holidays).

The beneficiaries of free admission must obtain their ticket at the ticket office in the room.

Commented Tour

  • Cultural mediation is one of the most dynamic and effective instruments used by Museums to provide their visitors a better understanding of exhibitions.
  • Brief explanation (15-20 min. approx.) on concepts and information to go in depth in the evaluation and enjoyment of the exhibited works. Explanations in Spanish.
  • Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays: 4-7 pm | Fridays and Saturdays: 12-2 pm and 4-7 pm. | Sundays and Hollidays: 12-2 pm.
  • No additional cost upon ticket. Information at reception desk.

MAPFRE Clients

  • MAPFRE offers to its policyholders 2 free tickets (4 if Platinum Client) to visit Carrie Mae Weems. A great turn in the possible and KBr FLAMA 22 on the date they choose.
  • To obtain courtesy tickets of MAPFRE, access the online ticket office and follow the purchase process. Before payment, the program will request your ID and will automatically activate the free tickets that correspond to you.
  • You can also get them at the ticket office in the room, presenting your ID.
  • Invitations must be used in a single visit.
  • Any question you have, please check these simple Instructions.

Collaborating Entities

  • If you belong to any of the entities that collaborate with Fundación MAPFRE, you must obtain your reduced ticket (€1 or €3) at the ticket office in the room.

Audioguides

  • If you have already purchased a individual ticket and want to add the audio guide, you can purchase it here. Price: 4 €
  • The audio guide is accessible online, from your Smartphone, without downloads or installations. An audio device can also be requested in the room (if available).
  • Does not incluye headphones. You can add them (€1) during the online purchase or at the ticket office. For sustainability reasons we recommend you to bring your own headphones.

Groups

Groups

  • It's mandatory for the group to have a guide or person in charge. To request a guide from the Foundation, ask please for information and rates to: infokbr@fundacionmapfre.org
  • The group must be made up of a minimum of 6 pax and a maximum of 15 pax. (guide included)
  • Tuesdays: 11 am - 11:30 am - 12 pm.
  • The purchase of the ticket implies acceptance of the Rules for the visit, especially of those indicated for the "Group Visit".

€3/pax.

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Educational activities for schools are developed entirely in Spanish or Catalan. If you are interested please consult sections Colegios y Familias (spanish) or Col·legis i Families (catalan).

Families

Educational activities for families are developed entirely in Spanish or Catalan. If you are interested please consult sections Colegios y Familias (spanish) or Col·legis i Families (catalan).

Important:

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  • The purchase of tickets presupposes the acceptance of these Rules for the visit. We recommend reading it before entering the room.
  • Due to conservation needs, the rooms maintain a constant temperature of 21º, so it is possible that during the visit it is convenient to bring some light warm clothing.
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Throughout her career, Carrie Mae Weems has been interrogating history and questioning the visibility or invisibility of those who have contributed to its construction, trying to subvert, reconfigure and influence the dominant discourse. In this sense, she uses racial, sexual and political stereotypes to express a profound criticism of both the system and art itself.

Since her first series Family Pictures and Stories [1978-1984], and throughout her more than thirty years of production, questions of power, race, violence, gender, politics and identity have been ever present in her work, and Weems has approached these issues from the narrative aspect rather than the documentary in various media and languages, including photography –which she groups into series–, text, performance and large-scale installations. Carrie Mae Weems’ art transcends the personal and reflects on a complex past that is projected with hope into the future, connecting different generations. In many of her works the artist presents herself as a new narrator of history, sometimes literally as she photographs herself with her back turned in many scenes, as an anonymous character, a woman, a black body present/absent in a performative attitude that has accompanied her throughout her professional life since she studied dance at the beginning of her career.

The exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: “A great turn in the posible”, organized by Fundación mapfre in collaboration with Fundació Foto Colectania and the Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart (WKV), makes a chronological and thematic tour through her series, some of which will be on display at Foto Colectania, including Kitchen Table Series [1990] and And 22 Million Very Tired and Very Angry People [1991].  In addition, on this occasion, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) will host Weems’ installation Lincoln, Lonnie, and Me [2012] as part of the event.

The Muse: One of the peculiarities of Carries’ work is that in many of her photographs we encounter the body of a woman with her back turned, whose face we never see. It is Carrie herself, her alter ego or muse, who narrates the story the artist wants to tell. While in series such as Cuba [2006] this muse wears a white dress conveying optimism, in other cases –Museums, Roaming– she is dressed completely in black, like a mourner, which gives her an anachronistic, almost spectral feeling, leading the viewer to reflect on the past, history and memory.

Reworking history: Since her beginnings, Carrie Mae Weems has explored themes related to gender identity, sometimes from an intimate and familiar point of view, as was the case of the Kitchen Table Series, understanding the domestic space as the place to present issues related to tradition, family, monogamy or personal relationships. This type of work presents an artist with a strong political commitment who reflects on the uses and abuses of power in the private sphere. But Weems does not remain solely in this intimate arena. In her series on Africa, the artist reflects on how the Other has been seen throughout history, understanding the Other as that which is not part of the dominant culture. This dominant ‒white‒ culture would have created narratives of race, gender and class that do not correspond to the reality of that Other and tend to involve oppression and racism. It is these historical narratives that Weems seeks to rework with her art.

Black Power: In the 1960s, activist Stokely Carmichael and political scientist Charles V. Hamilton created this political movement influenced by the thinking of Malcolm X as an ideology that fostered African American pride in their culture and ancestry. The movement believed that solidarity among African Americans could serve to build the political and economic base necessary to claim full equality, and it became radicalized when these goals were not achieved. The Black Panther Party, which advocated the use of violence as a means to achieve equality, became one of the most prominent groups among those advocating the use of violence.

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