It really wasn’t my intent to be a dancer. It was just a natural part of my makeup.
I had joined Anna Halprin‘s company. She was a very progressive, interesting, dynamic dancer—who is still dancing to this day in her 90s.
In 1970, she was already really interested in bringing [diverse] people together in order to have them experience one another, [as a way to be] in touch with the deeper humanity of the people around you that may look different from you.
What I think dance also gave me was a sense of how one can use the body and how the body can be used as an expressive tool.
I started doing self-portraits.
I always thought about the pictures of myself as not necessarily of myself but as an entity, a form that could express something that needed to be expressed.
~ Carrie Mae Weems