Photographer Interviews


Ayana V. Jackson on Carrie Mae Weems and Examining Photographic History

December 31, 2015

By Holly Stuart Hughes

© CARRIE MAE WEEMS/COURTESY OF THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY

Carrie Mae Weems’s “House/Field/Yard/Kitchen,” 1995-96, from her series “From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried.” Ayana V. Jackson was inspired by the work.

In her series “Archival Impulse,” photographer Ayana V. Jackson follows a long line of artists who use and transform historical material in order to re-examine our views of the past. (For more about Jackson’s work, see “Ayana Jackson Confronts Racism With Recreations of Historic Images.”)  In Jackson’s case, she bases her photos on nineteenth and twentieth century images of blacks...

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