Influential American artist, Carrie Mae Weems, takes up an extended residence at Grace Farms Foundation to speak out against the social injustices of race, violence, and inequality. Weems’ performance is based on the Greek tragic play Antigone and is entitled “Past Tense.” In the original play, Antigone goes against the wishes of King Creon because she wants to bury her brother with dignity. As a result, Antigone is sentenced to death. In Weems’ version of “Past Tense”, she is joined by her own Greek chorus during the performance and sends an overlying message for people to question the social injustices of today and to speak out as a moral obligation.
Carrie Mae Weems’ career has spanned over 30 years and she often collaborates with other artists and musicians in her projects. She has won a number of grants, fellowships, and awards that include the National Endowment of the Arts, the Prix de Roma, and a MacArthur “Genius” Grant. Her work is included at such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and The Tate Modern in London.
Grace Farms is a free public space that is designed to create hopeful aspirations while at the same time confronting sometimes dark and disturbing themes such as human and animal trafficking, racism, violence against women, and class inequality.
Sharon Prince is the President and Founder of Grace Farms Foundation, located in New Canaan, Connecticut. The Grace Farms Foundation was established in 2009 and its key goal is to enhance lives through ending violence against women, human trafficking, and the exploitation of children. In 2016, Sharon Prince Grace Farms co-hosted a program with the United Nations University named “Fighting Human Trafficking in Conflict.”
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