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Misael Diaz

Faculty Bio

Misael Diaz is a visual artist, researcher and educator whose interdisciplinary photographic practice explores the intersections of cultural production, economic exchange and political discourse in the context of the US/Mexico borderlands. His projects often mobilize the materiality of photographs to establish critical relationships between publics across borders, and across historical time periods. Diaz is also the co-founder and co-director of Cognate Collective, a binational collaborative that undertakes community-based public interventions, using pirate-radio and mobile educational platforms. He has presented and exhibited work locally and internationally in venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, the Getty Center, the Craft Contemporary, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, FLACSO Arte Actual in Quito, Ecuador, and the Organ Kritischer Kunst in Berlin, Germany. 
Misael Diaz

Research and teaching interests:

  • Cultural politics of the US/Mexico border 
  • Chicanx/Latinx/Latin American visual art and culture
  • Documentary photography, andsocially-engaged art practices 
  • Critical Pedagogy with/in immigrant communities
  • Mediating solidarity within social justice struggles through popular culture and/or folkloric aesthetic forms
  • Decolonial theory and practices

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