The artwork “the vast ocean of all possibilities (19°36’16.9″N 72°13’07.0″W / 41°30’32.3″N 81°36’41.7″W), 2022” is part of an ongoing series in which Firelei Báez reimagines the archaeological ruins of the Sans Souci Palace in Milot, northern Haiti: a site of great significance and creative generation for the artist. In this immersive installation, the walls of the decaying palace are intricately adorned with handpainted symbols of healing and resistance, reproductions of traditional West African indigo prints, 19th-century interior design motifs, and marine life native to Caribbean waters. The Sans Souci Palace and its legacy play an important role in the artist’s work in reimagining and recontextualizing the historical significance of Haiti – and the Caribbean at large – in counter-narratives of migration, revolution, and survival.
Firelei Báez (born 1981 in the Dominican Republic) lives and works in New York. Firelei Báez at Art Basel Unlimited 2023. Basel (Switzerland), June 14, 2023.
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