One Way Or Another
This series of collage and mixed media works on paper is inspired by the 3 months Diaz spent in Yemen when she was 15. With no photos or journals from the trip, Diaz reconstructs fragmented memories using imagery collected from magazines, books, personal archives, and online research.
Having only known the streets of Chicago, the experience of traveling to Yemen was a surreal contrast of the worlds she was still struggling to understand. As a teenager in the 90s, MTV was a daily priority. Artists like Madonna boldly claimed their independence and sexuality, while Salt-N-Pepa unapologetically affirmed that a woman’s sex life is “None of Your Business.” Their defiance left a mark on a teenage girl covertly rebelling against the misogyny of her community.
In the highlands of Yemen, everyone knows everyone’s business and then some. It was there that Diaz learned, via gossip, who she was arranged to be married to. It was also there that she resolved to eventually escape the fate of a forced arranged marriage and a life of oppressive misogyny and limited freedom.
One Way Or Another will be presented as part of the at land's edge fellows exhibition:
On The Other Side
May 24 - May 28
Reception: May 26, 7-10pm
Human Resources Los Angeles
410 Cottage Home St
Los Angeles, CA 90012