Gabriella N. Báez

Ojalá nos encontremos en el mar

Gabriella N. Báez Suicide in the aftermath of Hurricane María
In Ojalá nos encontremos en el mar, which translates to “I hope we meet by the sea,” Gabriella Báez explores the grief she experienced after a personal loss—through family photos, archival material, and handwritten text.
In the year following the devastating Hurricane María in 2017, many Puerto Ricans took their own lives. Báez’s father was one of them. After receiving her father’s belongings, Báez photographed each of them. She began looking for remnants of his personhood around the island, hoping to find a way to deal with grief amid disaster. Structured as a diary, Báez’s project explores and traces her relationship with her father, while contemplating the process of grieving. The visual threads running through the photos are testament to a continuing dialogue between the father and his child—a conversation that has not been forced to a halt by the abrupt circumstance of his death.
The work of Gabriella N. Báez is part of the group exhibition Space to Breathe, curated by Newsha Tavakolian and on display in the Grote Kerk Breda.
Gabriella N. Báez

Gabriella N. Báez (b. 1997, San Juan, Puerto Rico) is a queer documentary photographer based in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She covers the Caribbean, and focuses on documenting intimate subjects: her father’s suicide post-Hurricane María; familial relationships between members of the queer community; sex-work; and the relationship between sexuality, depression, and the body. She has been published in TIME, Reuters, Bloomberg, The New York Times, CNN, and The Nation.

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Location: Grote Kerk

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