Luis Sahagun

Luis Sahagun

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Luis Sahagun
20 x 16 in
Compressed charcoal and oil on BFK paper
Revelación Ancestral II (Ancestral Revelation II)
2021
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Luis Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. Through paintings, performances, and sculptures, Sahagun confronts the palpable inescapability of race, transforming them into acts of cultural reclamation. His practice confronts contradiction - indian/conqueror, violence/unity, and ancient/contemporary. As an immigrant and former laborer, Luis seeks to reveal the aesthetics of reclamation and transgenerational trauma by utilizing building materials such as silicon, lumber, drywall, concrete, and hardware as symbols that represent working class immigrants in this country. Luis cultivates civic activations for community members, students, and other educators alike. A unique element fueling his social art practice is his experience growing up feeling invisible to society because he was Brown, undocumented, and poor, making him privy to perceptions that most people have not been exposed to. He uses the residue of those traumas to guide the development of meaningful performances, public interventions, discussions, and workshops.

Sahagun has exhibited at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, Roswell, NM; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; Eli and Edythe Broad Museum at Michigan State University, amongst many others. He will have his first solo show at LatchKey Gallery, NY March 2022
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