soft powers: A Solo Exhibition by Yasmine Nasser Diaz

Image: Say No To Drugs

March 28, 2020 – May 31, 2022 
Main Floor Gallery


Yasmine Nasser Diaz’s solo exhibition reflects on coming-of-age nostalgia and Yemeni American girlhood. This exhibition features never before shown fiber etchings and a site-specific installation that is a continuation of her “Teenage Bedroom” series. Diaz addresses subjects familiar to many children of immigrants including code-switching, plural identities and conflicting loyalties. Diaz was an AANM Artist-in-Residence in March of 2020, and Commissioned Artist.

This exhibition and the Artist + Residents program are funded in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Read Diaz’s artist statement and more on soft powers

March 27 – April 24, 2021, AANM held a soft powers Window Exhibition on view in the Museum’s Library windows facing Michigan Avenue, with a different fiber etching featured every week.

Feb 15 – April 16, 2021 the University of Michigan Institute for Humanities (Ann Arbor) held For Your Eyes Only, Diaz’s sister exhibition to soft powers. 

Experience a video preview of the exhibition below, with behind the scenes shots and commentary by Diaz:


Yasmine Nasser Diaz navigates overlapping tensions around religion, gender, and third-culture identity using personal archives, found imagery and various media on paper as well as installation. Born and raised in Chicago to parents who immigrated from the highlands of southern Yemen, her mixed media work often reflects personal histories of the opposing cultures she was raised within. She has exhibited and performed at spaces including the Brava Theater in San Francisco, the Torrance Art Museum, Charlie James Gallery, and Station Beirut. Diaz is a 2019 California Community Foundation Visual Artist Fellow with works included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The University of California Los Angeles, and The Poetry Project Space in Berlin. She lives and works in Los Angeles.

  • March 28, 2020 - May 31, 2022