Carrie Mae Weems is the 2023 Hasselblad Award laureate.
The award ceremony will take place in Gothenburg, Sweden, on 13 October 2023. That day after, an exhibition of Carrie Mae Weems’s work will open at the Hasselblad Center, and a new publication about the artist will be released. Carrie Mae Weems receives a gold medal and the sum of SEK 2,000,000. The award also includes a medium-format Hasselblad camera from the Gothenburg-based camera company Hasselblad.
Carrie Mae Weems’s work has for decades anticipated salient issues of our time – the struggle for racial equality and human rights – with unflinching visual and ethical force. Her artistic practice is inherently activist, poignant, and lyrical. She creates evocative, potent tableaux and confronts painful histories, institutional power, and social discriminations. At the core of Weems’s wide-ranging oeuvre is the still photograph, but she also deftly employs video, text, immersive multimedia installations, and performance. She often inserts herself in her work, thus embodying and commemorating the Black female subject.