Diana Smith

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LEVEL Discussion Series – Diana Smith
Saturday 22 March 3pm
LEVEL Project Space, Studio 3.12, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane

In her talk for the Level Discussion Series, Diana will explore some of the core themes in her recent research into feminism, performance art, history and strategies for gendered resistance. She will be tracing the legacy of feminist performance art practice beyond the archive, from the present day and back to the 1970s.

Diana Smith is an artist, writer and researcher based in Sydney. She is currently completing her PhD on performance, feminism and art history at the College of Fine Arts, University of NSW. She has been a researcher on a range of archival projects, including the video art database Scanlines and is on the Contemporary Art and Feminism steering committee at Sydney College of the Arts. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Artlink, Realtime and Un Magazine, and she was an editorial member of Runway magazine from 2011-12. Currently, she is developing an online platform of interviews with performance artists in collaboration with Das Platforms, entitled Performance Perspectives.

Diana is also a founding member of artist collective Brown Council who, since 2007, have exhibited their work in a range of Australian and international contexts including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art and The National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul. She has just returned from residencies in London, New York and Berlin, where Brown Council completed their most recent work, This Is Barbara Cleveland, which focused on notions of history, myth and remembrance. It will be on display as part of Trace: Performance and its Documents at The Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane from 21st of February.

Image: Brown Council Mass Action:137 Cakes in 90 Hours (publicity image). Photo: Pia van Gelder.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland. LEVEL is supported by the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments.

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