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Close Look: Firelei Bàez at the Mennello Museum, Orlando

Firelei Báez, installation view of Immersion into Compounded Time at Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando.
Firelei Báez, installation view of Immersion into Compounded Time at Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando.

Known for her lush and imaginative drawings of African diasporic figures, Firelei Baez’s work concerns inherited and imagined histories, women’s work, science fiction and fantasy. Born in a border town in the Dominican Republic in 1980, Baez explores the complicated cultural landscapes of the Global South and the Caribbean and the identities one takes on under the threat of cultural invasion. Working across multiple mediums including sculpture and installation, Baez’s intensive storytelling and care is evident through her considered lines and vivacious use of color. Her visions are of futures more ecstatic, communal and liberating.

Firelei Báez, living monuments in historical chapters, from Immersion into Compounded Time, 2018. Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando.
Firelei Báez, installation view of Immersion into Compounded Time at Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando.
Firelei Báez, installation view of Immersion into Compounded Time at Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando.
Firelei Báez, installation view of Immersion into Compounded Time at Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando.
Firelei Báez, installation view of Immersion into Compounded Time at Mennello Museum of American Art, Orlando.
Firelei Bàez, Study in Blue (We have come to stir the other world, to cleanse ourselves, to connect our living to the dead here), 2018.

Firelei Bàez’s solo exhibition Immersion into Compounded Time is on view at the Mennello Museum of American Art in Orlando, Florida, through September 1.

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