AD 177 | Yasmine Nasser Diaz
“Soft Powers”

Yasmine Nasser Diaz is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice navigates overlapping tensions around religion, gender, and third-culture identity. Her recent work includes immersive installation, fiber etching, and mixed media collage using personal archives and found imagery.

Diaz has exhibited and performed at spaces including the Brava Theater in San Francisco, the Albuquerque Museum of Art, and the Torrance Art Museum. She is a recipient of the California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellowship (2019) with works included in the collections of LACMA, UCLA, and the Arab American National Museum. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

Show Notes:
  • The background behind the title of Yasmine’s latest show “Soft Powers”
  • The concept of “code-switching”
  • Navigating different worlds within the world we live in
  • Cultural differences 
  • Yasmine has experienced and how it has personally developed in her work
  • Growing up within two different cultures and countries
  • A nuanced discussion on arranged marriage and forced arranged marriage, and the hardship that came with it
  • Online dating and “matchmaking” and how it has affected our world
  • Yasmine’s journey to New Mexico
  • Poverty, capitalism, and the disbursement of power
  • Yasmine’s current work and why she chose the 90s as a timepiece
  • Engagement between the artist, the content, and the viewer
  • The business of art and the complications that come with selling art
  • “Social practice” of art
  • The complicated reality of morals and ethics within different career fields
  • The concept of death and knowing what you stand for
  • Being intentional of why you want power and resources
  • The dynamics between parents and children
  • Subminimally thinking about art 
  • Yasmine’s latest work
  • Transforming style over time
  • Authenticity

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Posted 09.29.2021


"I started this series as a means for exploration, an exploration of self, and an exploration of the perspectives of other artists.

This series is an unabridged documentation of conversations between artists. It’s a series dedicated to breaking down the barriers we tend to set up in our own minds. I want to inspire future creatives to have the courage to explore and experiment. This is about making dreams a reality and not about letting our dreams fall to the wayside.

My intention is to give my audience a sense of real human connection, something that feels rich and organic.

When I was thinking of a title I thought of the word “movement”.

In relation to the Renaissance period in art, my goal for this program is to signify a rebirth of consciousness towards the way we look at contemporary art."

- Yoshino