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Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld

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Carrie Mae Weems

Artist - Artist and thinker of growing influence for younger generations

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Photo: Audoin Desforges

First acclaimed for The Kitchen Table Series (1990), in which Weems staged scenes around a family table and photographed herself at the centre of each image to highlight female identity and the gendered space of the home kitchen, the artist has long investigated how art can be used to express trauma and resilience. After debuting a series taken at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial in her retrospective at Württembergischer Kunstverein in Stuttgart (which has since travelled to Fundación Mapfre in Madrid), Weems was awarded the €15,000 Bernd and Hilla Becher Prize in Germany. The recognition of her influence for younger generations of artists came this year with her appointment as a board member at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and her receiving the Harlem Stage Transformative Artist Award, given to artists of colour who have ‘shifted paradigms and charted new paths’ in their field. Weems also presented a major show with photographer Dawoud Bey, opening at the Grand Rapids Art Museum in Michigan in January before travelling to Tampa and Seattle.

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