Artist couple exhibits pillows to highlight immigration injustice

Pillow Artist Couple

By Wen-Yee Lee T-shirts and other clothing donated by undocumented immigrants become memoirs of collective experiences as artist Cara Megan Lewis and her husband Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera turn them into pillows. Their “34,000 Pillows” exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center represents the 34,000 beds in U.S. detention centers for undocumented immigrants. The couple makes the […]

Hiroshima exhibit documents the innocent victims of the atom bomb

Items from the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition at Japanese Culture Center in Chicago

By Wen-Yee Lee Three colorful origami cranes made by school girl Sadako Sasaki, a survivor of the U.S. strike on Hiroshima, sit on display for the Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition in Chicago. She folded nearly 1,000 cranes as a traditional prayer for healing before she died of leukemia 10 years after the bomb strike. She […]