Felipe Baeza at Maureen Paley Gallery
Friday 16 November, 2018 @ 11:00 am - Sunday 6 January, 2019 @ 6:00 pmfree
The first solo exhibition in the UK by artists Felipe Baeza will be at the small but well respected Maureen Paley Gallery in Bethnal Green.
The exhibition explores ideas surrounding the artist’s interest in migration, queerness and anthropology through the use of collage and printmaking.
Baeza uses his own biography to reflect on his personal experiences and explore the effects of social institutions and cultural practices on the individual.
Visitors can expect to see collage and printmaking elements to show how the body undergoes fragmentation or is pulled apart and dismembered, then reconstructed. His work explores how we honour those who are no longer alive and have disappeared in the process of migrating for a better life.
This is a part of a series inspired by myths such as Drexciya and Afrofuturist. Drexciya was an underwater nation populated by African people and their unborn children who were thrown off slave ships during the middle passage. Those individuals developed gills in order to survive. Baeza’s art makes people think about Drexciya as well as the many lives that have perished through forced migration, imagining those individuals still thriving through regeneration and through different forms such as plants.
The artist, Felipe Baeza was born in 1987 in Mexico and lives and works in New York, USA. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, USA in 2009, and has recently graduated as a Masters of Fine Art Candidate in the Painting/Printmaking program at Yale School of Art, New Haven, USA.
For more information about the exhibition and other upcoming events visit Maureen Paley Gallery website. The gallery is open 11am to 6pm Wednesday to Sunday.