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Diana Ali
Registered: 17/02/2011   Last Update: 27/03/2011
Diana was born and raised in Rusholme, Manchester in 1979 to Bangladeshi parents. She moved in 2001 to do her BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and she has recently completed her Masters in Contemporary Fine Art Curating and Practice at Sheffield Hallam University.

Since graduating Diana has primarily been a visual artist. She has exhibited regionally in Nottingham at the Surface Gallery and View From Top Gallery. Nationally she has had work in the TINAG festival in London and The Site Gallery in Sheffield and a solo show at the Airspace Gallery in Hanley. Recently, she has exhibited work as part of the Roaming Biennial in Tehran and the Other Asia’s exhibition ‘ReDo Pakistan’ in Karachi, Pakistan as well as her text based work has featured in The Disarmory Newspaper in New York.

Her curatorial projects includes ‘Up & Coming’ at the Contemporary Urban Centre in Liverpool, an event showcasing 60 emerging national and international artists. and the ‘Defamiliarization’ touring exhibition in London and Sheffield. Her recent curatorial work is an extension of her art practice exploring correspondence and international collaboration, the most recent being the touring ‘Subversive Correspondence’ in Bristol and London, featuring fifty national and international artists and ‘Dialogues: A Fake Romance?’ at the Elysium Gallery, Swansea. She is also the assistant curator for’Pop Samiti’ an arts magazine exploring South Asian narratives based in London.

Her medium involves drawing, installation and text based work. She is interested in correspondence, networking and connectivity in her practice and her research explores the use of correspondence for our fictitious characters to exist. Most recently her line of investigation has steered towards working with artists from different countries in mass exchange and re-interpretation projects.

In addition to being a visual artist and curator is also a lecturer, freelance workshop leader, an arts educator and creative mentor. She has been recently lecturing at Huanghui University in China. She is currently lecturing at Derby College.