Lorna SimpsonFive Day Forecast 1991

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Lorna Simpson (born 1960)
Five Day Forecast
Date 1991
Medium5 photographs, gelatin silver print on paper and 15 engraved plaques
Dimensionsdisplayed: 622 x 2464 mm
Acquisition Purchased with funds provided by the 2010 Outset / Frieze Art Fair Fund to benefit the Tate Collection 2010


Five Day Forecast 1991 comprises five large-scale framed black and white photographs depicting the torso of a black woman clothed in a loose-fitting white shift. The photographs are displayed close together in a horizontal row. In each one the subject is seen from the front, cropped so that her head and legs are out of the image. She stands with her arms folded tightly across her chest, emphasising the wrinkles in the fabric of her clothing. This pose appears both guarded and defiant. The sequence of photographs, with their subtle variances in the subject’s posture, suggests a series of time-lapse photographs of a figure shifting slightly from side to side.

A series of five plaques, engraved with upper-case text in a simple sans serif font, is installed above the photographs. The plaques are positioned directly above each of the photographs, and bear the names of the days of the week from Monday through to Friday. As the title of the work emphasises, this structure suggests a diary of sorts, or at any rate a ‘forecast’, to use its meteorological metaphor. The similarity of the pose in the photographs, however, suggests the drudgery of repetition with little variation on the horizon… (read more)

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