aka Israel Antonio Cedillo

Artist, object-maker, writer, photographer.

Israel ‘Lalín’ Antonio Cedillo, is a San Diego-based artist. Lalín’s work posits the histories of the Latinx diaspora as a force of resistance against imperialism and globalization. The iconographies of a Central American Mexican household and the logos that have colonized the lands of the Nahua, Lenca, and Garifuna are employed in political landscapes that discuss toxic business practices and commercial waste as a result of industrial development headed by the US and European powers.

In tandem, Lalín’s work also employs photography in a motion to dismiss colonial portraiture and rethink the fundamental vocabulary that is sustained within photography as a result of the colonial imaginary prompted by 20th Century photography and documentary photographers fetishizing people of color. An ethical studio practice is a method to Play which allows for Lalín’s studio to be a safe space for the advancement of the artist of color, and people of colors as subjects are given agency. It is a place for chisme, dance, laughter, and comfort as a pathway to radical work.

As an extension of methods of grounding and interests in knowledge and power Lalín references critical plant studies in relation to displaced communities and (loss of) generational knowledge of plants. Knowledge production and dissemination regarding plant-sourced materials such as coffee, sugar, bananas, and dogbane has served as an impetus to works concerning Central American cultural production.

Lalín works to counter hegemonic ideas of (North, South, and Central) American culture and work alongside other folks of color to collaborate on the empowerment of marginalized stories.

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UCLA School of Arts and Architecture; MCASD; LA County Department of Arts and Culture; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE); Eastside Café (Corazon Del Pueblo); Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC); The Painted Brain; UC Regents of California Scholarship; Jerry and Anne Moss Art Fund; Abraham & Lillian Turk Scholarship; YMCA Jackie Robinson, San Diego; The Barrio Logan College Institute, San Diego; LA Public Library; UCLA Grand Challenges-Sustainability Initiative; La Gente Newsmagazine; UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.


San Diego, CA