Photo Essay: Mi Vida Logan


What a time to be alive today in the roaring twenty twenty’s. There is a renaissance underway, evident in the upspring of an appreciation of art, community, and culture. It seems as if after our collective experience of isolation during the pandemic there is an excitement and a refreshment in being together and making art. Reclaiming space to allow community members to unite and appreciate each other’s existence and talent is a blessing and an act of resistance. Street Art has historically been a vehicle for nourishing and inspiring working class communities by communicating powerful messages through beautiful and encaptivating creations. This is the history and tradition that is celebrated in locally owned art spaces in San Diego’s Barrio Logan.
Community wide celebrations of the arts and culture help create a safe and loving environment for everyone within it. This is what makes Art Galleries found in and around Logan Avenue so important. UC San Diego Students are encouraged to support local artists generously sharing their art this Holiday season by visiting and investing in their work. These photos were captured during November’s Barrio Art Crawl at Mi Vida Logan A pop up art show visible through December 10th and open Thursday through Sunday from 2 pm-7pm. Curated by Bucky, a brilliant local artist and curator, the pop up show is a space you can learn about, admire, and get the opportunity to purchase locally crafted pieces. Behind each piece within the pop up is a powerful story, and talented individual. You can find it by typing 2190 National Ave, San Diego, Califas into your GPS. Don’t miss the next Barrio Art crawl which takes place every second Saturday from 2pm-8pm. The Art Crawl includes 30+ studios and stretches all the way to Libelula book store, where you’ll find LA Tiny Gallery inside the magical shop. La Tiny Gallery is a gem and will showcase only San Diego’s most talented artists like this month’s storyteller and analog photographer Fedella Lizeth. There is so much power in where we put our dollars, use yours this season to support and show love to local street artists whose talent and artistry help preserve tradition and culture, and give life the vibrant colors we love.

Mi Vida Logan pop up art includes installations by:
San Diego Zine Fest
Voz Alta Project
Roots Factory Collection

Artists include:
Krystina Fernandez, Chata, Sholove, Chikle, Christian Arreguín, Ricardo Islas, Manos Mexicans by Isabel Sánchez, OJO Amor, Ms Magic, Fedella Lizeth, Eat_TheRichh, Ana Brown, Carlos Beltran, Panca, Trevor J, Butterfly Man, Vida, SDEyez, Irie Zee and Burgeoning_Eye.

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*specific credits mentioned in captions of each photo

Mi Vida Logan pop up show featuring curator and artist, Bucky. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
Pieces by OJO Amor, a queer femme art collective on Kumeyaay Land, @ojoamor on Instagram photographed at the Mi Vida Logan Art Show. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
By San Diego’s own photographer & storyteller Fedella Lizeth found at La Tiny Gallery inside Libelula Books & CO. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
Mi Vida Logan gallery front. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
From right to left: Mi Vida by Butterfly Man, La Santa by Christian Arreguin, Street Life 2005 by Ricardo Islas, Welcome 2 Logan by Trevor J. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
The gallery space at dusk. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
Displayed are @Eat_therichh on Instagram (two pieces to the left) and the piece framed by red is by @manos_mexicanas_est.1970 on Instagram, two of San Diego’s own. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
The World Is Yours by local artist Rob Benavides at Mi Vida Logan show. Raya | The UCSD Guardian
Locally adored artist @ayepanca on instagram featured with their work at Mi Vida Logan. Raya | The UCSD Guardian