This week we feature the work of Genesis Báez, an artist primarily working with photography and video. Our selection comes from two bodies of work Otra Vida, Otra Vez and A Bridge of Mirrors.
From the Báez:
Otra Vida, Otra Vez (2011-2016) explores the nuances of personal relationships and of returning to a place that won’t let you stay. Made in Puerto Rico on Báez’s return visits to her family’s homeland, Otra Vida, Otra Vez (Another Life, Another Time, or, Another Life, Again) also considers the meaning of home while living in diaspora. Báez photographed family, friends, domestic spaces and the land to trace the ways in which intimacy, care, distance, and longing often coexist. Made in Yabucoa in the years leading up to massive political and environmental shifts, the photographs also reveal the sometimes subtle yet deep ways in which US colonial power manifests in daily life, and the ways in which life moves around and beyond it.