Felipe Baeza was born in 1987 in Guanajuato, Mexico and lives and works between New Haven, CT and Brooklyn, NY. Baeza received his B.F.A. from The Cooper Union in 2009 and his M.F.A. from the Yale School of Art in 2018.
Through a convergence of interest in migration, queerness anthropology through a syncretic use of both collage, and printmaking Felipe Baeza’s work explores ideas about the migrant fugitive body. His work utilizes art as a tool to create political spaces. Baeza reconstructs new imaginaries of neither here nor there, allowing the fugitive body to make use of imagination, as a tool for liberation to transcend circumstances. His most recent practice investigates how memory, migration and displacement work to create a state of hybridity and “fugitivity.” Primarily working on paper and incorporating different techniques via collage and decollage he aims to render visible those bodies and histories that have been rendered invisible and have disappeared. In making the invisible visible and vice versa Baeza aims to challenge those notions that keep people in the margins. His work is concerned with the body as praxis and the possibilities of making subjects that contain their own complexities and agency. Utilizing his own biography to reflect on personal experiences and explore the persistent effects of social institutions and cultural practices on the individual. He uses this strategy to imagine structures and possibilities for the self-emancipation of the hybrid-fugitive body that lives in/is persistently susceptible to hostile conditions. The possibility of self-emancipation is forged by the necessity to survive and thrive, wherein one is forced to create new forms and structures which produce liminal spaces of belonging. The work exists in a space between a real and imaginary situation, and also offering the viewer a return to places, histories and visions of the past that might otherwise be forgotten. His practice aims to challenge those notions that keep people on the margins by using collage and its ability to be reconfigured to insert excluded people into conversations and provide the missing pages of histories.
Future exhibitions include a solo presentation at Fortnight Institute, New York, NY opening April 30-June 3, 2019 and Nobody Promised You Tomorrow: Contemporary Art in the 50th Year of the Stonewall Era at Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY opening May 3–December 8, 2019