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Dave Lewis

  • CountryUnited Kingdom
  • Born1962


Dave Lewis combines photography with ethnographic research as a premise for his richly textured installations. He invites the viewer to consider their own sense of place, belonging and identity through classifications based on family, race, religion and the State.

Lewis was part of Iniva’s inter-generational exhibition ‘Entanglement: The Ambivalence of Identity’ (2011), held at Rivington Place. Lewis has Grenadian heritage and attended the Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster), to study film and photography in the mid-1980s and later worked for the community-based Blackfriars Photography Project in South East London.

Exhibitions and screenings include: Once Removed, Venice Biennale (2011); Field Work, ArtSway Gallery (2010); Photo-ID, Norwich Forum (2009); AfterShock, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (2007). Lewis’s work has appeared in a number of publications around themes of race, identity, and representation. His work Untitled (Royal Anthropological Institute, London),1995, entered the Arts Council Collection in 2001.

He has exhibited widely in both solo and group shows including the Photographer’s Gallery, London; MOMA, Oxford; Recontres d’Arles, France. Lewis exhibited in the 57th Venice Biennale as part of The Diaspora Pavilion (2017), and also exhibited in the group exhibition at South London Gallery’s ‘The Place is Here’ (2017).

Lewis is based in the UK and continues working as a commercial photographer, he gives talks and workshops in galleries and schools as well as lecturing in further and higher education institutions.

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