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How to Slip out of your Body Quietly after Firelei Báez, i
How to Slip out of your Body Quietly after Firelei Báez, i
digital photograph
16 x 20 in.
2023

How to Slip out of your Body Quietly

Firelei Báez
2018
gouache on paper
70 x 118 in.

the folkloric, mythical "ciguapa" is a recurring motif in Baez's work. Originating from the Caribbean, the ciguapa is a female trickster. "There are two constants about her. One is that her feet are backwards," Báez explains: "And that she has a long, lustrous mane of hair." Although there was often a negative connotation to the ciguapa, Báez also saw certain freedom in her, as the ciguapa is almost traceless: "If you follow her footsteps, you are going in the wrong direction," she says and asks: "What are the risks and what are the gains of belonging or not belonging?" Louisiana Channel, Louisiana Museum of Art