Misael Diaz

Misael Diaz currently works in the city of Tijuana, exploring the effects of violence on community, memory and public space to try to develop methods of reinstating civic engagement. His most recent projects have taken the border crossing point between Tijuana and San Ysidro as site, working as part of COG·NATE collective to document the commercial and social exchanges that occur at the most transited border in the world. His work includes a visual archive of 'alcancias", clusters of piggybanks that form a menagerie of cartoon characters at the border. As souvenirs that have become icons of the city and repositories for memory, these small vessels must exist and function within the context of tourism and drug-related violence. Finding methods of addressing and representing this violence, is a central concern for projects undertaken by Diaz.