BEST PRACTICE is pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition of a new body of work by Cog•nate Collective (Misael Diaz + Amy Sanchez Arteaga).


The exhibition gathers works rendered in hand-poured beeswax, drawings on cloth, and radio broadcasts to meditate on territory, borders, and what we’ve inherited from our ancestors’ labor.[1]


Como Soles: Despidiendo Luz borrows its title from a speech by Ricardo Flores Magon, one of the leaders of the 1911 rebellion which took control of Mexicali and Tijuana for 6 months and established a short-lived radical autonomous territory along the U.S./Mexico border.


The works on view place such moments in the historical evolution of the border into dialogue with the artists’ family histories of working and living binationally – drawing for example on the history of Sanchez Arteaga’s great-grandfather as an agricultural worker and UFW organizer in the Imperial Valley/Mexicali.


Ultimately, reflecting on residues of resistance we inherit, hold on to and pass on; gestures of solidarity that stand in defiance of the increasingly injurious geopolitical boundaries dividing us.


Details around event-based activation of the work forthcoming.


About the artists:


Cog•nate Collective develops interdisciplinary research projects and public interventions that explore how culture mediates social, economic and political relationships across borders.


Rooted in methodologies of critical pedagogy and undertaken in partnership with community leaders, students and/or activist organizations, their projects use various mediums – ranging from map-making, to embroidery, to hyper-local radio broadcasts – to foster reflection through dialogue: addressing issues pertaining to citizenship, migration, informal economies, and popular culture.


They have shown and presented their work at various venues nationally and internationally, including Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, the Armory Center for the Art, 18th Street Art Center the Craft and Folk Art Museum, the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College, the Getty Center, CSUF Grand Central Art Center, the Arizona State University Art Museum, School of the Art Institute Chicago, Arte Actual FLACSO in Quito, Maison Folie Wazemmes in Lille and the Organ Kritischer Kunst in Berlin.


Cog•nate Collective was established in 2010 by Amy Sanchez Arteaga, lecturer of Art History at SDSU, and Misael Diaz, an assistant professor in the department of Art, Media, and Design at CSUSM.


They currently work between Tijuana, B.C. and Los Angeles, CA and are based in National City, CA.




1. A Footnote Poem:

She was a fire human.

A mutable but focused and singular Sagittarius flame, not a conflagration.

Steady, bright, white hot in the center, touchable at the borders, only for a second.

A light in the darkness.

Warmth in the cold.


Who singes the tlacuaches’ tails.

Promethean harbinger of sustenance, legibility, peace.

A hand to hold, a love to know, a legacy to cultivate from.


I was a child hanging clothes to dry on the clothesline in the summer dusk. By her side I swatted at a bee afraid it would sting me, and she said, “They won’t hurt you. They’re your ancestors. They worked with your Pepe in the fields, they’ve been with us forever and they won’t hurt you, they remember.”


Bees remember. Wax remembers.




For more on Cognate Collective’s work please visit












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BEST PRACTICE is a not-for-profit exhibition space located in the Logan Heights neighborhood of San Diego, CA for projects from regional, national, and international artists and curators.


For its first two years, BEST PRACTICE existed at two locations in San Diego: within an institutional glass-enclosed bulletin board housed within the Department of Art, Architecture + Art History at the University of San Diego, and on a Sony Trinitron PVM20L5 video monitor which screened video works installed at Helmuth Projects.


BEST PRACTICE was founded by Joe Yorty and Allie Mundt in 2016.