Karla Diaz. Insomnia

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Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to announce Karla Diaz: Insomnia, the artist’s first solo
exhibition with the gallery.

Karla Diaz is a writer, teacher, and multidisciplinary artist who engages in painting, installation, video, and
performance. Using narrative to question identity, institutional power, and explore memory, her socially
engaged practice generates exciting collaborations and provokes important dialogue among diverse
communities. Notably, she is the co-founder of the socially engaged collective and community artist
space Slanguage. Critical discourse is central to her practice as she explores social, subcultural, and
marginalized stories.

Diaz’s latest body of work is the result of a year of insomnia. As a stroke survivor, she practices repetitive
memory exercises, using drawing as a tool for excavating and retaining information. In her commitment to
rendering a painting every night, Diaz turned to the unfiltered, spontaneous imagery that surfaced during
her insomnia, whether dreams, fantasies, or memory. In her introspection, splashes of color became
figures and objects that transformed into scenes of domesticity and city life drawn from her upbringing in
Mexico and Los Angeles. Personal memories, folklore, familiar iconography of her Mexican heritage, and
American pop culture are intertwined in surreal compositions that consider family, loss, and the
complexities of the Latinx experience in the United States. As Diaz expresses, “these works reveal
meaning in relation to others, to experience, to memory, to story, to dreams and dreamers, to imagination
and to the larger context of home.”

Karla Diaz was born in Los Angeles, CA. She received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in
2003 and a BA from California State University Los Angeles in 1999. Her works have been exhibited
nationally and internationally at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Los Angeles County Museum of
Art, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; LAXART, Hollywood, CA; Pitzer College,
Claremont, CA; California State University Los Angeles, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, CA; Institute for
Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit,
MI; the Serpentine Gallery, London, U.K.; and Museo Case de Cervantes, Madrid, Spain.
She has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards from Art Matters, New York, NY; Tiffany
Foundation, New York, NY; City of Los Angeles, CA; Riverside Art Museum, CA; and CalArts, Los
Angeles, CA. Karla Diaz lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

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