The London-based visual artist and curator Diana Chire and I first met at her guerilla exhibition Take! Eat! which was launched in opposition to the Frieze Art Fair. Set within St Marylebone Parish Church, her provocative show of female artists addressed challenging themes like gender, sexuality and social inequalities. Blending film, painting, sculpture and video, it was received with critical-acclaim by journalists, gallerists and collectors.
In the spirit of Arteviste.com she showcased a diverse array of both emerging and established female artists like Mia Faithfull and Scarlett Carlos Clarke. When I first glimpsed Diana wafting up the aisles of the church in her kaleidoscopic fur and neon trainers, I knew we’d be somewhat aligned in our creative vision. With a wild heart and a strong head on her shoulders, I was captivated by her energy and felt compelled to find out what was in store for this young British artist and curator.
As both an activist and artist, Diana is dedicated to making gender disparity an important conversation in the art world in London and beyond. When we met later in her minimalist Hackney studio, she unpacked a birthday cake and the contents of a dressing up box and we spent the afternoon taking playful photographs amongst her projectors and televisions.
Reflecting upon the lack of solely female exhibitions in London this past year, we discussed our shared frustration that the blockbuster exhibitions were so male dominated. Thankfully only a few days later she showed her film and spoke earnestly at the Protest, Performance and Body exhibition for women artists at the Chelsea Space, slightly elevating that disparate number. Glamorous as ever, her next exhibition is set to open at the infamous Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles next year – keep your eyes on this one.