Congratulations to Firelei Báez on the opening of To breathe full and free: a declaration, a re-visioning, a correction (19°36'16.9"N 72°13'07.0"W, 42° 21'48.762" N 71°1'59.628" W), her monumental sculptural commission at the ICA Watershed in Boston. The exhibition is organized by Eva Respini, the Barbara Lee Chief Curator, and is on view from July 3 through September 6, 2021.
In her largest sculptural installation to date, Báez reimagines the archeological ruins of the Sans-Souci Palace in Haiti as though they were revealed in East Boston after the sea receded from the Watershed floor. The Watershed’s location—in a working shipyard and as a trade site and point of entry and home for immigrants over decades—provides a pivotal point of reference. Báez embeds Sans-Souci within the geological layers of Boston, where histories of revolution and independence are integral to the city’s identity.