Mirror, mirror on the wall

Who’s the bitchiest of them all?

 

Coupling her sardonic wit with the direct, uncompromising gaze of her subjects, Carrie Mae Weems eviscerates the racism embedded in jokes made at the expense of people of color. This photograph is part of the Ain’t Jokin’ series, one of Weems’s earliest bodies of photo-text works.

Carrie Mae Weems (American, born 1953). Mirror Mirror, 1987–88. Silver print, 24 3⁄4 x 20 3⁄4 in. (62.9 x 52.7 cm). Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
© Carrie Mae Weems

We Wanted A Revolution: Black Radical Women 1965-1985
Brooklyn Museum

Julyn 22nd, 2017

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