Misael Diaz
Misael Diaz

I was born in LA, grew up in Tijuana and now live in San Diego where I study and teach Visual Arts and Writing at UCSD. I divide my time between San Diego/Tijuana and the Imperial Valley/Mexicali working as part of the bi-national art group cog•nate collective on projects that analyze social, economic and cultural flows across the border.

Q&A

LOCATION: Tijuana / San Diego

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/misael.g.diaz

WHAT INSPIRES ME: Popular culture, “low-brow” aesthetics, traveling, reading, satisfying guilty pleasures

FAVORITE PLACE TO GET AWAY IN MY AREA: The “cine bola” (CECUT) in Tijuana.

FAVORITE WRITERS: Carlos Monsivais, Thomas Pynchon, Violeta Parra, Charles Bukowski, Nicanor Parra.

ARTIST/CREATIVE YOU’D WANT TO HAVE LUNCH WITH: If I had a time machine: Marcel Duchamp. Since I don’t (yet): Hans Haacke.

MOST OVER-HYPED ARTIST: Banksy

PERFECT SOUNDTRACK FOR WRITING: Velvet Underground, TV on the Radio, Café Tacvba, El Guincho, Radiohead.

WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE: Plethora of popular culture and “low-brow” aesthetics, plus plenty of border food (e.g. Tostilocos, Carne Asada Fries).

ART YOU MAKE (IF YOU MAKE ANY...): Photographic, conceptual, public, transnational. See cognatecollective.tumblr.com.

Recent Articles
BULBO + POLEN: Recording Presents & Imagining Futures
BULBO + POLEN: Recording Presents & Imagining Futures
How do you represent and give voice to a city that is constantly convulsing and mutating, suffering from growing pains? For BULBO and POLEN, the answer lies in letting the city perform and speak for itself.
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Tijuana's Anti-Revolucion
Instead of a heart, Tijuana has the Avenida Revolucion, an adult playground for tourists. A group of artists and cultural activists are now reimagining the role of the infamous street.
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