Firelei Baéz in, Abstracted Migrations: Ideas on Embodied Motion: Moore College of Art & Design | Philadelphia, PA
On view October 2 - December 4, visiting curator Kalia Brooks presents Abstracted Migrations: Ideas on Embodied Motion in The Galleries at Moore. The exhibition features the work of three artists, Firelei Baéz, Saya Woolfalk and Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, whose practices model new modes of recognizing bodies in motion as emergent from the prospect (and consequence) of social and political forms, geographic and cultural mobility, technology and the stability of the environment in supporting the human condition.
Baéz, Woolfalk and Sunstrum are aware that migration generates identity positions that are not singular, but rather a combination of experiences, or hybrid. Hybrid identities contain within them the sensibility of in-betweenness having been derived from multiple sources. The transience of this kind of identification is made tangible through the aesthetic contribution of these artists. Their work helps the viewer understand how the exchange of materials, bodies and ideas resulting from the colonial project, become a current by which new associations of subjective experience are formed, and traditional histories and typologies are challenged and dismantled.
— Curatorial text courtesy of Moore College of Art & Design