Luis Sahagun

Luis Sahagun is a multi-disciplinary artist that confronts the palpable inescapability of race and transforms art into an act of cultural reclamation. Like DNA strings of mestizaje, his practice metaphorically represents contradiction — indian/conqueror, violence/unity, and ancient/contemporary. As a previously undocumented immigrant and former laborer, Sahagun’s art seeks to reveal the aesthetics of relocation and transgenerational trauma by utilizing building materials such as silicone, lumber, drywall, concrete, and hardware as symbols that represent working class immigrants in this country. Sahagun has exhibited at venues including the MCA, Chicago, IL; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, IL; the International Exposition of Contemporary Art (expo) Chicago, IL; amongst many others. Additionally, his work has been covered in publications such as: ArtForum, ChicagoMag, NewCity Magazine, and the Chicago Tribune. He is currently a Lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Teaching Artist for the MCA Chicago. Photo: Zakkiyyah Najeebah

BOLT Residency

2016 - 2017,
Artist Resident

LAUNCH Invitational

2019 - 2020,
Artist Mentor