The In Between (2022–2023)

Carrie Mae Weems
The In Between
Multimedia installation Dimensions variable
Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation
Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York


Carrie Mae Weems’ approach to image-making ranges from staged and serialised narrative photography to the appropriation and adaptation of archival and ethnographic imagery. The multimedia installation The In Between (2022–2023) pays homage to the life and work of the late Okwui Enwezor and foregrounds the ‘in between’—a space of neither here nor there, between leaving and arriving, a point of departure with a destination imagined but unknown. It was in these lacunae that Enwezor sought to make cultural institutions and art canonical histories more inclusive and representative of non-western identities. Weems also presents Enwezor’s collected works, comprising 100 books he wrote or edited, representing the magnitude of his contributions to curatorial and scholarly praxis.