Christhian Diaz & Martin Cobián
Friday 02.20 | 6:30pm
A recognition and appreciation of the complex connections and life histories surrounding the production of immigrants as purveyors of social well-being.
Immigrant labor is as indispensable to life in NYC as the subway system and the electricity that powers it. Everything we consume in NYC - from food to art spaces across the city - has been touched by the labor of migrants. In a series of presentations and appreciations we will look at the work of those who work, and expand the geography of the histories that are written in restaurant kitchens, construction sites, overnight art installations, and late-hour office shifts. We are seeking to trace a series of US-made historical, global, economic and cultural assemblages–migrant-producing machines–which throughout the last 2 centuries have produced and profited from migrant labor.
A long time activist and bottom feeder adjunct at the City University of New York, Martin Cobián is a student of the systemic messes excreted by the greed drive of capital and arrogant distopias of the modernist State. Underlying his work is the ever prescient question: How is all this shit connected to the social issues of our times? and What can we do to change it?
Christhian Diaz grew up in Latinamerica and then in Florida where as an undocumented immigrant with his mother they cleaned offices, did housekeeping, and work in chain restaurants, amidst a dozen other jobs. He then attended art school in NYC where he began making performance art, while trying to create a space to unpack the sagging sack of emotions that his own family, immigration, and labor histories have left him. He currently photographs artwork and teaches art to kids.