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Firelei Báez and Jordan Nassar for the Public Art Fund

Art on the Grid

New York, NY

June 29 - September 20, 2020

FIRELEI BÁEZ On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020

FIRELEI BÁEZ
On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020
Grand St at Pitt St, Manhattan
 
Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY.
Photographic work as a part of Art on the Grid, presented by Public Art Fund on JCDecaux bus shelters citywide, June 29, 2020 – September 20, 2020.  

FIRELEI BÁEZ On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020

FIRELEI BÁEZ
On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020
Grand St at Pitt St, Manhattan
 
Photo: Nicholas Knight, Courtesy of Public Art Fund, NY.
Photographic work as a part of Art on the Grid, presented by Public Art Fund on JCDecaux bus shelters citywide, June 29, 2020 – September 20, 2020.  

FIRELEI BÁEZ On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020

FIRELEI BÁEZ
On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020
Oil and acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 in
121.9 x 152.4 cm
(JCG11573)

FIRELEI BÁEZ On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020 (Detail)

FIRELEI BÁEZ
On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020 (Detail)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 in
121.9 x 152.4 cm
(JCG11573)

FIRELEI BÁEZ On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020 (Detail)

FIRELEI BÁEZ
On rest and resistance, Because we love you (to all those stolen from among us), 2020 (Detail)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 in
121.9 x 152.4 cm
(JCG11573)

Press Release

This work is in reference to the 70,000 black women and girls in the United States currently missing. Who continue to be unnamed and uncared for, even though this should be a national crisis. The figure in this painting is inspired by an archival image of civil rights activist Freedom Riders sleeping in church pews taken by photographer Paul Schutzer circa 1961. It is a particularly tender inter-generational scene of women resting and supporting each other.  In this place of respite, I center the transformative actions that can show ways beyond the spaces in our culture where care, love, and beauty are not naturally and equitably given. 

—Firelei Báez

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