Firelei Báez will create a series of paintings, sculptures, and architectural objects engaging with the story of Marie Louise Coidavid, the first Queen of Haiti, and her exile. Reclaiming the Queen’s narrative from the margins and celebrating her resilience, To see beyond it and to access the places that we know lie outside its walls will trace a history of social movements that have emerged from the Caribbean to explore overlooked histories of Afro-Latina and Afro-Caribbean women, presenting more nuanced perspectives on migration today.
Báez is an artist whose work negotiates identity and subjectivity in relationship to overlapping, cultural and regional histories, taking portraiture into a liminal space between human and landscape. Her work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Witte de With, Rotterdam, and Pérez Art Museum Miami. Báez is the recipient of the United States Artists fellowship, the College Art Association Artist Award for Distinguished Body of Work, the Future Generation Art Prize, and the Chiaro Award.