Jim, if you choose to accept..., 1988—1989


Gelatin silver print.

20.00 x 16.00 in

50.8 x 40.6 cm

Edition of 50

Signed and numbered by the artist.

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    About The Work

    This photograph by acclaimed photographer Carrie Mae Weems shows a young black man sitting in a pool of stark bright light coming from an overhead lamp and looking at the tape recorder beside him. The text at the bottom of the image reads "Jim, if you choose to accept, the mission is to land on your own two feet." Carrie Mae Weems has always used her art as a vehicle for exploring race, society, and politics. With that in mind, this photograph seems to speak of the challenges presented by life itself: not the covert mission of a spy thriller but the simple challenge of trying to survive and thrive as a black man in contemporary society.

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