RESIST COVID/TAKE 6!
Carrie Mae Weems
Sarasota Art Museum launched its participation in Carrie Mae Weems’ public awareness campaign RESIST COVID/TAKE 6! in July of 2020. The project delivers Weems’ characteristic dual force of powerful, yet sobering image-text unions – here, concerned with COVID-19 and the disproportionate effects on Black, Latinx, and Native communities as a result of healthcare inequities. The campaign also pays tribute to workers within the health and service industries, highlighting the importance we play in not only protecting ourselves, but also those supporting us during the pandemic. The title, TAKE 6!, refers to just one measure we can take, the suggested six-foot distance, to safeguard ourselves and others from COVID-19 exposure.
The larger project includes campaign items, such as buttons, tote bags, fans, bookmarks, and public features. Weems’ campaign was featured in July and October issues of Tempo News and on a billboard near 17th Street and 301 for two months, ending with the conclusion of 2020.
RESIST COVID/TAKE 6! is led by Carrie Mae Weems’ project Social Studies 101, in association with Pierre Loving, and THE OFFICE performing arts + film.
About the Artist
THE OFFICE produces a variety of Weems’ projects, which include her multi-artist, multi-disciplinary performance works Grace Notes: Reflections for Now (premiered Spoleto Festival USA, 2016) and Slow Fade to Black with Geri Allen (premiered BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival 2012); Resist Covid Take 6, her COVID-19 public awareness project; The Future Is Now and I Am It: A Parade to Mark the Moment at the opening festival of the REACH at the Kennedy Center; and unique, expansive gatherings like Carrie Mae Weems LIVE: Past Tense / Future Perfect, a two-day series of presentations, performances, and conversations with artists, activists, curators and others held in association with her 2014 career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.