Artist: Firelei Báez
Venue: James Cohan, New York
Date: March 5 – April 25, 2020
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Images courtesy of James Cohan, New York. Photos by Phoebe d’Heurle and Dan Bradica.
In her new series of paintings, Firelei Báez casts diasporic histories into an imaginative realm, re-working visual references drawn from the past to explore new possibilities for the future. With a goal to reclaim power, Báez overlays figuration, symbolic imagery, and abstract gesture onto large-scale reproductions of found maps and documents. She populates these historically-loaded representations of space with change-making creatures—whose hybrid forms incorporate folkloric and literary references, textile pattern, plantlife, and wide-ranging emblems of healing and resistance—to present fictional alternative universes.