photo: Chermelle Edwards

photo: Chermelle Edwards

Born in Chicago to Yemini parents, Yasmine Diaz grew up to a distinctively mixed experience. Her childhood encompassed a complicated relationship with Islam, patriarchal Yemini cultural and social norms, juxtaposed with 80’s and 90’s pop culture via MTV where Salt-N-Pepa unapologetically affirmed that a woman’s sex life is “None of Your Business”. With the absence of Arab celebrities, queer divas - David Bowie, Prince, Madonna and Blondie became Diaz’s heroes. “The streets of Chicago, where I was raised, could not be more different from the highlands of Yafa, Yemen, where both of my parents are from,” she says. “Being exposed to conflicting traditions, social norms, and gender roles complicated my personal expectations, and those of my family and community.” Now living in Los Angeles, her work has migrated from oil painting and photography, to firmly highlighting themes of gender and bicultural identity; family honour, shame and reputation; expressed most pointedly through collage. 

-Aryana Ghazi-Hessami


EVENTS 

Forthcoming

  • 2017  Office Hours / Nov 19-Dec 17 / The Main Museum / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017  Feminism Now / May (Date & Location TBA) / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2018  Feminism Now / May 26 - June 17 / Grafiska Sallskapet, Stockholm, Sweden

Past

  • 2017  Her Intuition / May 6 - 30 / Brainworks Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017  On The Other Side: at land's edge 2017 Fellows Exhibition / May 24-26 / Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA 
  • 2017  One Woman Shows / April 30 / Pieter Space / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017  State of the Union / February 4-25 / Brainworks Gallery / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2017  Uprise Group Show / January 17-February 5 / Untitled Space / New York, NY
  • 2016  Women on the Fence (Group show at Mothership Festival) / November 5 / Desert Hot Springs, CA
  • 2016  Barnsdall Art Center Group Exhibition / July 29 - September 10 / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016  Face Time / Maiden L.A.  / Sunset Triangle Plaza, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2016  LA I BERLIN / Mission Workshop / Los Angeles CA
  • 2016  Viva La Muxer (group show) / Werkartz / March 5 / Los Angeles 
  • 2015  LAyer Cake / LA County Store / October 17 - November 15 / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2015  Latina/o Queer Arts & Film Festival / Advocate & Gochis Galleries / Los Angeles, CA
  • 2010  Abriendo La Boca / EntreyArte Resident Artists Show / La Boca / Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 2010  Affaire in the Gardens Arts Show; Spring / Beverly Hills, CA
  • 2005  A Room of Dreamed Personas / The Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads, Santa Monica, CA

COMMISSIONS

COLLABORATIONS

RESIDENCIES & FELLOWSHIPS

  • 2016-17  at land's edge Fellowship / Los Angeles
  • 2010  Entre y Arte Residency / Buenos Aires, Argentina

COLLECTIONS

  • UCLA School of Public Affairs
  • Private collections: Berlin Germany, Los Angeles CA, Portland OR, New York NY, Buenos Aires Argentina, Zurich Switzerland 

SELECTED PRESS

PUBLICATIONS

ARTIST TALKS + GUEST SPEAKING

  • 2016  California State University / Los Angeles CA / Women's Studies Guest Speaker
  • 2016  Women's Center for Creative Work / Los Angeles CA / Headscarves and Hymens Discussion 
  • 2005  Sam Francis Gallery at Crossroads / Santa Monica CA / Artist Talk 

OTHER

  • 2017-18 at land's edge / organizational team member
  • 2017  AVA Collective / Co-founder
  • 2016 + 2015 Juror / Los Angeles County Store / Fine art panel 
  • 2016-17  Mentor + Volunteer / Las Fotos Project / Los Angeles 
  • 2007  Teaching Artist / Free Arts for Abused Children / Los Angeles

EDUCATION
Studied under: Brian O’Connor, Mikel Bresee, Claude Grace