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Firelei Báez in conversation with Alvaro Barrington
FRI 28 JUN 2024, 6-8pm

Artist Firelei Baez sits in a studio amongst paints, in front of a bright yellow painting

Firelei Báez. Courtesy of the Artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Sunny Leerasanthanah.


Join artists Firelei Báez and Alvaro Barrington in conversation, moderated by New Curators fellows Felix Choong and Makella Ama Ketedzi. The artists will discuss overlapping themes in their work, from migration and belonging to materiality and mythology.

The event takes place on the opening day of Firelei Báez’s exhibition, Sueño de la Madrugada (A Midnight’s Dream), and coincides with Alvaro Barrington’s Tate Britain Commission, Grace.  In 2021, the South London Gallery hosted Barrington’s first UK solo exhibition, Spider the Pig, Pig the Spider.

About Firelei Báez

Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Dominican Republic) received an M.F.A. from Hunter College, a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union’s School of Art, and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2024, Báez will be the subject of her first major US survey at the I.C.A. Boston, curated by Eva Respini. Her work has been presented in many significant international exhibitions, including the inaugural installation of the I.C.A. Watershed, Boston (2021), curated by Eva Respini, now on view at The Momentary in Bentonville, Arkansas, and The Milk of Dreams at the 59th Venice Biennale (2022), curated by Cecilia Alemani. Recent solo presentations of Báez’s work include exhibitions at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; and Pérez Art

About Alvaro Barrington

Alvaro Barrington (b. 1983 Caracas, Venezuela) is the child of Grenadian and Haitian migrant workers and was raised between the Caribbean and New York. Barrington’s practice explores interconnected histories of cultural production. Considering himself primarily a painter, his multimedia approach to image–making employs burlap, textiles, postcards, clothing and cast concrete exploring how such diverse materials can function as visual tools while referencing personal, political and commercial histories. Through this confluence of materials and subject matter Barrington engages histories of music and painting associated with the Caribbean, the socio–political context of his childhood in 1980s New York, and London where he is currently based.


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