Firelei Báez, Berlin Biennale: Akademie der Künste | Berlin, Germany
Kavi Gupta congratulates Firelei Báez on her participation in the 10th Berlin Biennale. Báez has created a site specific ruined architectural façade that combines the coordinates of the Sanssouci palace in Potsdam and the Sans-Souci castle, located in Milot, Haiti as well as a murdered Haitian colonel named Jean-Baptiste Sans-Souci. With this, Báez is referencing how historical events take place in numerous places, not just singular locations. Taking place from June 9 to September 9, 2018 at various locations in Berlin We Don’t Need Another Hero is curated by Gabi Ngcobo with an accompanying curatorial team featuring Nomaduma Rosa Masilela, Serubiri Moses, Thiago de Paula Souza, and Yvette Mutumba.
Also featured in We Don’t Need Another Hero is Báez’s piece Those who would douse it (it does not disturb me to accept that there are places where my identity is obscure to me, and the fact that it amazes you does not mean I relinquish it) made from deaccessioned book pages.
Firelei Báez19° 36' 16.89" N, 72° 13' 6.95" W) / (52.4042° N,13.0385° E", 2018Acrylic, sheetrock, and steel236 x 354 in
599.4 x 899.2 cm
Firelei Báezfor Marie-Louise Coidavid, exiled, keeper of order, Anacaona, 2018Oil on canvas126 x 208 in
320 x 528.3 cm
(wall) antique frame app. 70 x 40 in
Firelei BáezA motor with medicinal function, 2018Acrylic gauche on paper90 x 110 in
228.6 x 279.4 cm
Firelei BáezI write love poems, too (The right to non-imperative clarities), 2018Acrylic, ink, and chine-collé on deaccessioned book pages96 x 224 in
243.8 x 569 cm
Firelei BáezIndex (given the ground one has to actively look away), 2018Acrylic gauche on paper90 x 180 in
228.6 x 457.2 cm