A photographic project by Carrie Mae Weems carried out between 1989 and 1990 that became iconic because of its impact on the portrayal and self-portrayal of the female image.
A series of shots of a woman in her own private world within the domestic space which – partly out of tradition, partly out of prejudice – is seen as the prime setting for the female role: the kitchen.
The story of this woman gradually takes shape through the pictures, a story built on relationships, a story built on affections, as well as periods of loneliness and fragility.
Thirty years on, this acclaimed series has been cited in numerous publications and exhibited in a good many museums, but it was not until this year that a monograph publication, containing all twenty photographs from the project and fourteen supporting texts was published by Damiani and Matsumoto Editions.
Carrie Mae Weems, Kitchen Table Series, Damiani and Matsumoto Editions, 2016.