Alejandro Figueredo Díaz-Perera and Cara Megan Lewis make up the team Díaz Lewis. Díaz Lewis is based in Los Angeles where they collaborate, stage performances and develop work that deals with shared global and human-rights interests. Their ongoing project include 34,000 Pillows, is in direct response to a US Congress mandate where 34,000 immigrants must be detained per day in one of 250 detention facilities. Another work, A Dream Deferred is a two-channel HD/8mm video installation simulataneously that follows a game of soccer in the desert between undocumented workers while a young girl reads from Langston Hughes' poem Harlem.
Unfamiliar Setting, 2017- ongoing, brings together unknowing subjects to share a virtual space together. Díaz Lewis collects lint from commercial dryers around Los Angeles. This lint is then embossed and formed over dinner plates, forks and knives. Examples from this body of work was included in an exhibition at Samek Museum, part of their Ekard Artist Residency at Bucknell University.
Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera is a conceptual artist from Havana, Cuba who works a variety of media including: video, photography, painting, installation and text.
Cara Megan Lewis is an artist and curator born in Kansas City who is deeply invested in immigrant-rights based issues. Cara works in a variety of materials including photography and sculpture.
Díaz Lewis are included in the Samek Museum collection as well as many private collections.
30 Coats, 2018, sculpted dryer lint comprised of hair, skin cells, dust, clothing fibers, with iron and wire rods, 31 x 24 x 18 inches 78.7 x 61 x 45.7 cm
30 Coats, installation image from Díaz Lewis at Samek Art Museum at Bucknell University, April 2018
Unfamiliar Setting 2, 2017, embossed lint comprised of hair, skin cells, dust and clothing fibers in a custom acrylic frame (frame not depicted), 20.5 x 26.5 x 2.5 inches 52 x 67 x 6.4 cm
Unfamiliar Setting 4, 2017, embossed lint comprised of hair, skin cells, dust and clothing fibers in a custom acrylic frame (frame not depicted), 20 x 30 x 2.5 inches 50.8 x 76.2 x 6.4 cm
34,000 Pillows, 2016, (collaboration with Cara Megan Lewis as Diaz Lewis), at Home Land Security, curated by Cheryl Haines with For-Site (image courtesy of Robert Drivers Herrick)
34,000 Pillows, 2016-ongoing, used/donated clothing made into pillows (conceptual drawing)
34,000 Pillows, 2016-ongoing, used/donated clothing made into pillows
A Dream Deferred, 2015, 2 channel HD/8mm video installation (video stills), edition of 5
A Waiting, April 10, 2015, 2015, still from a performance in West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, IL
Cul de Sac, 2014, single channel HD video installation (video still), edition of 3
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- Díaz Lewis is reviewed in Hyperallergic, 04/18/19
- Díaz Lewis is reviewed in Freize Magazine (online and print), 2/1/17
- Díaz Lewis is hightlighted in The New York Times, 6/23/16
- Díaz Lewis interviewed by ABC 7/Chicago, 3/27/16
- Díaz Lewis interviewed by CBS 2/Chicago, 2/16/16
- Díaz Lewis reviewed in Visual Artist Source, 6/20/15