SECCA, Wake Forest University, and Díaz Lewis to Present 34,000 Pillows Project Workshops in Winston-Salem
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in partnership with Wake Forest University (WFU) and the artist collaboration Díaz Lewis will present 34,000 Pillows Project Workshops on Wed., Sept.19 through Sat., Sept.22, 2018 in downtown Winston-Salem.
The 34,000 Pillow Project is a national response to immigrant detainment by artists Alejandro Figueredo, featured in SECCA’s exhibition Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure and Pain, and Cara Megan Lewis (together known as Díaz Lewis). The artists in partnership with community participants, WFU students and faculty, Sawtooth artists, and SECCA will create pillows during the workshops from donated clothing from undocumented immigrants and their allies to form a collective patchwork of individual experiences. Each handcrafted object will be sold for a donation of $159—the amount that the government spends daily for detaining an immigrant. The pillows will be made into an installation to create awareness of the immigrant situation in the United States today. All proceeds will go to local organizations that support immigrants.
The bulk of the workshops will take place at the Central Library at 660 West 5th Street in downtown Winston-Salem. The dates and times for the workshops are: Wed., Sept. 19 from 4–7 p.m. at the Central Library; Thurs., Sept. 20 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and from 2–5 p.m. at the Central Library; Fri., Sept. 21 from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. and from 2–5 p.m. at the Central Library; and Sat., Sept. 22 from 12–6 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts (as part of Fiesta 2018) at 251 North Spruce Street in downtown Winston-Salem.
The Los Angeles based artists and creators of the project, Díaz Lewis, artists from the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, and others who know how to work the required equipment will be on hand throughout the workshops to assist with the project.
The workshops are free and open to anyone who would like to participate. Interested individuals should sign up for a workshop online at secca.org. To make a pillow from start to finish will take approximately three hours but participants can come for as much time as they would like.
The Pillow Project in Winston-Salem is a joint partnership among the artist collaboration Díaz Lewis, SECCA and Wake Forest University and is supported by the WFU Department of Spanish and Italian, WFU Center for Latin and Latino Studies, the WFU Interdisciplinary Performance and the Liberal Arts Center, the WFU Center for Global Programs and Studies, the Hispanic League, Sawtooth School for Visual Art, Forsyth County Central Library, El Buen Pastor, and Christ’s Beloved Community.
There will be other related events in addition to the workshops. On Thursday, September 20 from 6–7:30 p.m., SECCA will be hosting a Talk @ SECCA featuring José Bedia and Alejandro Figueredo (part of Díaz Lewis). Cuban artists Bedia and Figueredo will discuss their work in SECCA’s exhibition Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain and will participate in a moderated conversation about artistic practice, particularly its cultural, political, and social aspects. The talk is free and open to the public and is being presented in partnership with the Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. SECCA is located at 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem.
An Artist’s Talk and Reception will be held on Monday, September 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in 145 Green Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University. Diaz Lewis will discuss the 34,000 Pillows Project. This event is free and open to the public.
Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain, an exhibition featuring more than 60 works of art by 19 well-known and emerging Cuban artists, is guest curated by Elvia Rosa Castro and Gretel Acosta. It is on display at SECCA through November 4, 2018. The artists featured in the exhibition are: José Bedia, Ariel Cabrera, Celia & Yunior, Rafael Domenech featuring Ernesto Oroza, Alejandro Figueredo, Diana Fonseca, Aimée García, Rocío García, Luis Gárciga, Juan-si González, Manuel Mendive, Carlos Montes de Oca, Geandy Pavón, René Peña, Carlos Quintana, Sandra Ramos, Grethell Rasúa, and Yali Romagoza. Cubans: Post Truth, Pleasure, and Pain is sponsored by Marley Drug.
The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a creative leader of the arts in the Southeast, a museum boldly giving artists of the region a platform for visibility while connecting local communities with the international world of contemporary art. Located at 750 Marguerite Drive, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday. For hours, please visit secca.org. SECCA is an affiliate of the North Carolina Museum of Art, a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. SECCA receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. Additional funding is provided by the James G. Hanes Memorial Fund.
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susi H. Hamilton, NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development. NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit ncdcr.gov.