Carrie Mae Weems

Past Tense

Through spoken word combined with still and moving imagery, iconic American photographer Carrie Mae Weems examines the right to justice and peace through the lens of the classic play Antigone. In this spare, captivating lecture-performance, Weems explores themes of social justice, escalating violence, gender relations, politics, and personal identity within the context of contemporary history—recurrent subjects in her practice. Behind her, startling imagery is projected on a screen, conveying the risk of an encounter between authority figures and citizens who are fervent in their sense of morality.

Says Weems, “As a visual artist, I approached this as I would any other project, starting with images and then building text around them. The outcome—Past Tense—is a performance that explores the dynamic role of grace and its meaning in the pursuit of democracy.”

This performance is supported by Arts Everywhere.

Tickets $27

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Pre-Performance Event

Creative Workshop with The Beautiful Project
Wednesday, April 10, 6 PM
UNC’s Gerrard Hall

Join The Beautiful Project for a workshop event before Past Tense with Carrie Mae Weems. The Beautiful Project is a collective of image makers that use photography, writing, and care to cultivate voice and power among Black women and girls. Hosted in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts, this event will explore the impact of Weems’ art and celebrate the revolutionary power of words and images.