Audio Description Tour: Firelei Báez
Join Artes Mundi and audio describer Anne Hornsby for a series of tours of Artes Mundi 9. Designed for Blind and Partially Sighted people, each session will explore a selection of artworks or moments from the Artes Mundi 9 prize-winning artists.
Anne Hornsby is a pioneer of UK Audio Description, having introduced the second audio description service in England to the Octagon Theatre, Bolton, in 1989. She launched Mind’s Eye in 1992 to offer audio description for theatres, galleries, museums, dance, film festivals and online content. She has won two awards for her work and is an accredited trainer. Prior to lockdown, she was audio describing over 100 events a year in addition to offering training on a regular basis.
Firelei Báez’s visually striking work reconfigures subject matter and images mined from wide-ranging Diaspora narratives, while addressing questions of cultural identity and migration to explore new possibilities for the future. Her fantastical, colourful and intricate paintings, sometimes combined into large-scale sculptural installations, bring together colonial maps overlaid with symbolic visual cues that span from lavish textiles and wall coverings with colonial-era floral motifs to calligraphic patterns, hair textures, feathered headdresses and beaded jewellery. Often featuring strong female protagonists, her works incorporate the visual languages of Caribbean mythology and histories alongside those of science fiction and fantasy to envision identities as unfixed and inherited stories as perpetually-evolving toward new, imagined worlds and states of being.