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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 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.

Recent 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 continues working as a commercial photographer and gives talks and workshops in galleries and schools as well as lecturing in further and higher education institutions. Dave Lewis has Grenadian heritage.

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