In this body of work, Diana Benavidez introduces the piñata as a method for storytelling, expression, and reflection. Benavidez shares her personal narratives by manipulating physically and conceptually the piñata through the incorporation materials not commonly found in traditional piñatas. Through the use of color, scale, and text, this popular Mexican art form is transformed into a contemporary art practice that explores mental states and emotions.
Remote control piñata cars of iconic vehicles present along the border region of Tijuana/San Diego.
Popup installation at Liberty Station | San Diego, CA
"EL AMOR ES LA COSA MAS TRISTE CUANDO SE ACABA, DICE UNA CANCION DE JOMBIN" - MARCO
HABLE CON ELLA PEDRO ALMODOVAR
“We have broken our planet to the extent that it is no longer capable of rewarding us with its natural magic.” By utilizing the piñata as a method to convey stories and messages, Diana Benavidez reflects on the current Anthropocene epoch. Through the use of projection mapping techniques, video collages of local landscapes are projected onto a traditional six-star piñata which present unique patterns caused by irreversible human activities.
Anti Time Capsule
Collaboration with a Parkeology public art event.
Photography by Rafa Rios
Ni Puta Ni Santa
Asking For It
Popup exhibition at Maker Faire Ottawa, Canada
Raised in Chula Juana