In 2018 about 244 Million people worldwide, or one in thirty, were living outside their country of birth. By 2050 that number could reach close to 405 million. Climate change, economic instability and political unrest are forcing more and more people to leave their homes in search for safety or better economic opportunities. The Mexican artist Felipe Baeza has made forced migration and the physical and psychological toll it exacts, the centrepiece of his painting practice. A new series of works resemble retablos or láminas which are pocket-sized devotional depictions of Catholic saints and other religious iconography that are often displayed in home altars throughout Mexico. Baeza, who came to the US when he was seven years old, often culls from his own experience and distils the plight of forced migration into metaphorically rich narratives of memory and loss. Mournfully poetic, Baeza’s collage paintings occupy the disorienting physical and psychological in-between space that dulls the mind and saps the soul and chronicles the thicket of bureaucracy that migrants often must navigate. His material strategies link him to the dark sensurealism of Carol Rama and borrow heavily from naïve folk art and Mayan mythology. Far from being a political activist, Baeza instead seeks a quiet subversiveness and asks for empathy and compassion in an increasing hostile and closed off world. At Fortnight Institute through June 2.