In recognition of Carrie Mae Weems’ Resist Covid Take 6!, currently on view at University of the Arts, we’re highlighting several videos of earlier projects by Weems produced by Art 21.
Resist Covid Take 6! is an ongoing social impact project and public awareness campaign conceived by Carrie Mae Weems and Pierre Loving. This artist-driven public awareness campaign draws attention to the deadly and disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black, Latinx and Native American communities. UArts is the exclusive presenter of Weems’ project in Philadelphia, where billboards, creative messaging and public art installed around Center City highlight the virus’ staggering death toll. Phase 1 of the project at UArts is generously supported by the Jessica Hamilton Hardy Visiting Artist Fund.
The project focuses on promoting preventative measures and dispelling harmful falsehoods about COVID-19, while also paying homage to front-line and essential workers who have placed themselves in harm’s way.
About Carrie Mae Weems:
Widely renowned as one of the most influential living artists in the U.S., Carrie Mae Weems examines how our society structures power through deeply embedded stories, images and ideas. Among many other honors, Weems is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship (also known as the “genius” grant) and was the first Black woman to have a retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. In addition, Weems has exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Tate Modern, Walker Art Center, Whitney Museum of American Art and many other institutions. She is also the recipient of the BET Honors Visual Artist Award, the Prix de Rome, the Frida Kahlo Award for Innovative Creativity, the International Center for Photography Spotlight Award, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, the Lucie Award for Fine Art Photography and the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal.