Luis A. Gutierrez

An installation inspired by nine demands made by United Fruit Company workers in 1928

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About this commission

Luis A. Gutierrez’s mixed-media installation Las Nueve Demandas (The Nine Demands) uses hand-sewn layers of oil-painted canvases, and screen-printed images to delve into the story of United Fruit Company workers in Colombia in 1928. Visitors can move through the installation’s nine hanging sections, which represent the nine demands made by the banana plantation workers to improve their working conditions during a strike that led to their massacre by the Colombian Army. For the artist, their demands represent the ongoing fight of the working class for fundamental human rights and against the damaging effects of imperialism. This installation aims to create a bridge between the past and present by presenting this history of labor abuse in the absence of unions.

Get to Know the Artist

A portrait of Luis A. Gutierrez, a Colombian man who poses against a plain beige background. He sits with arms at either side, wearing a green herringbone shirt buttoned over a white turtle neck. He has a dark beard and mustache and wears glasses. Photo by Dana Golan
Photo: Dana Golan.
Luis A. Gutierrez
Luis A. Gutierrez
Luis A. Gutierrez is a mixed-media artist connecting our past and present through the exploration of historical events. He creates multilayered paintings and installations by dissecting painted canvases and abstracting historical images. Gutierrez presented the solo exhibition Entre Sombras | Between Seams at the Cherry Arts Gallery (Ithaca, New York) in 2023 and was a 2022 resident at the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts (New York). In 2021, he received the City Artist Corps Grant (NYC); in 2020, he was an AIM Fellow Artist at The Bronx Museum of the Arts (NYC). In 2019, Gutierrez presented the solo exhibition Entre Sombras, From Figuration to Abstraction at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts (Pennsylvania). In 2016, Gutierrez was a semi-finalist in the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series (Florida) and received the Launchpad Artist Award and a site-specific installation from Spectrum Miami Art Fair. He has also shown work in the Coral Springs Museum of Art (Florida), Contemporaneo Asheville (North Carolina), SoMAD (NYC), and Christie’s (NYC).

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