Artist Profile: Ann Lewis (gilf!)

ANN LEWIS‘s deeply political work is going to be an exciting contribution to RACE AND REVOLUTION this summer on Governors Island. This week she will be sharing her thoughts on racism, community, and the power of art.

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Lewis began creating art in 2008 in response to the atrocities of the second Bush administration. These works were illegal, public conversations meant to instigate dialog with those she would never meet. Since then she has developed a professional, full-time practice as a multi-disciplinary artist showing in galleries around the world and on the street in various forms.

Lewis is known for her work in a wide range of media, including participatory events, murals, uncommissioned street work, gallery installations, and curatorial projects. She is probably best known for her various installations of Gentrification in Progress police caution tape across homes, business. and cultural touchstones that are slated for destruction in favor of luxury condos.

She installed a massive version of the tape (250’X4′) at the former graffiti mecca 5 Pointz in Queens, New York, in 2014. In 2015 she was invited to The White House to exhibit her work discussing mass incarceration and systemic inequality.


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