soft powers

A solo exhibition by Yasmine Nasser Diaz

March 28 – Sept. 6, 2020
Main Floor Gallery
Free with Museum admission

Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s solo exhibition reflects on coming-of-age nostalgia and Yemeni American girlhood. This exhibition features never before shown fiber etchings and a site-specific installation that is a continuation of her “Teenage Bedroom” series. Diaz addresses subjects familiar to many children of immigrants including code-switching, plural identities and conflicting loyalties. Diaz is an AANM 2020 Artist-in-Residence and Commissioned Artist. 

Online exhibition opening 
1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020

Although original plans for an opening party featuring music by DJ Arshia Haq (Discostan) had to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation and current closure of the Museum, AANM is committed to an ongoing effort to provide online experiences during this time. 

Yasmine Nasser Diaz will be guiding us through her exhibition in a first for the Museum: an online exhibition opening! Guests can tune in to Instagram TV or YouTube to experience a walkthrough tour of the exhibition, with commentary by Diaz. 

Say No To Drugs, 2020

Silk-rayon fiber etching

Trio, 2020

Silk-rayon fiber etching

Yasmine Nasser Diaz navigates overlapping tensions around religion, gender, and third-culture identity using personal archives, found imagery and various media on paper as well as installation. Born and raised in Chicago to parents who immigrated from the highlands of southern Yemen, her mixed media work often reflects personal histories of the opposing cultures she was raised within. She has exhibited and performed at spaces including the Brava Theater in San Francisco, the Torrance Art Museum, Charlie James Gallery, and Station Beirut. Diaz is a 2019 California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellow with works included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The University of California Los Angeles, and The Poetry Project Space in Berlin. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Arshia Fatima Haq (born in India, based in Los Angeles) works across film, visual art, performance and sound. Through her multidisciplinary practice, she explores indigenous archives, aesthetic production, embodiment, and feminist and mystical modes rooted in the Muslim world, but marginalized both within conservative Islam and Western imagination. She is the founder of Discostan, a collaborative decolonial project working with cultural production from the SWANA (South and West Asia and North Africa) region. Haq's work has been featured at MOCA Tucson, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Broad Museum, LACE, TIFF, MOMA New York and Hammer Museum, among others.

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