United States of America

Luis Sahagun

10.02.21 03.03.21

Luis Sahagun was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1982. He is an artist and educator who creates paintings, performances and sculptures confronting the palpable inescapability of race, transforming them into acts of cultural reclamation. Like DNA strings of mestizaje, his practice confronts contradiction indian/conqueror, violence/unity, and ancient/contemporary.


As an immigrant and former laborer, Luis seeks to reveal the aesthetics of relocation and trans-generational trauma by utilizing building materials such as silicone, 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.


I rummage around my personal histories of mythical heritage, spiritual traditions and curanderismo in order to engage in inner work to produce public acts that transform wounds into bridges.

Using Zoom as the primary tool, my FRONTIER team and I created a live performance centered at conjuring an alternative reality as a realm for ephemeral existence. This digital reality or mystical experience pulled our scattered pieces of our identities together to widen our perceptions of what it means to “cross” borders or new frontiers via technology.

Luis Sahagun
1982 | Guadalajara, Jalisco, México
Lives and works in the Council of the Three Fires: the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations.

2015 | Master of Fine Arts, Northern Illinois University, Dekaln, IL, USA

2021 | Unearthing: Magick, Mimicry, and the Mundane, Michigan State University, USA
2020 | Luis A. Sahagun: Both Eagle and Serpent, Chicago Cultural Center, USA
2019 | New Age, New Age: Strategies for Survival, Depaul Art Museum, USA
2018 | Pain is Our North Star, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, USA
2017 | Memoria Presente, National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, USA

2019 | Critical Race Studies, Michigan State University, USA
2018 | Mana Contemporary, Miami, USA
2017 | Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago, USA
2015 | Roswell A.I.R Program, Roswell, USA

2020 | 3Arts, Chicago, USA

2020 | Artist Next Level, USA
2020 | Kites and Strings, USA
2020 | El Queso, USA
2019 | Archives and Futures, USA

Artist-in-Residence International Program

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International Airport

Ministro Pistarini- Ezeiza (EZE)
Buenos Aires
45' to 60' trip

Domestic Airport

Aeroparque Jorge Newbery
Buenos Aires


38, 39, 41, 42, 59, 63, 65, 67, 68, 151, 152, 161, 184, 194 and 168 (stop in the front door)


D Line (Green)
Olleros Station (4 blocks, 4')


Mitre Line (either to Leon Suarez or Mitre)
Colegiales Station (1 block, 1')

The Latin America's Paris

Buenos Aires is Argentine Republic's capital city. With 15,000,000 inhabitants, it is one of the largest cities in Latin America and one of the 10 most populous urban centers in the world. Its cosmopolitan and urban character vibrates to the rhythm of a great cultural offer that includes monuments, churches, museums, art galleries, opera, music and theaters; squares, parks and gardens with old groves; characteristic neighborhoods; large shopping centers and fairs. Here we also find a very good lodging facilities, with accommodation ranging from hostels to five-star hotels of the main international chains. Buenos Aires also show off about its variety of restaurants with all the cuisines of the world, as well as to have cafes and flower kiosks on every corner.

A neighborhood founded on the Jesuit farms in the 17th century

We are located in Colegiales neighborhood where the tree-lined streets, some of which still have their original cobblestones, invite you to walk. Although the apartment buildings advance, low houses still predominate. It is a district of the city where about 20 TV production companies, design studios, artist workshops and the Rock&Pop radio have been located. The neighborhood also has six squares, one of which pays homage to Mafalda, the Flea Market, shops, restaurants and cafes like its neighboring Barrios de Palermo and Belgrano, with which it limits.

Artist-in-Residence International Program

2024 Open Call #3
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July 31st, 2024

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