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Diana Chire.

Diana Chire

Diana Chire is a performance artist, light artist and curator. Not content with fuelling her own artistic vision and creativity, she also recently staged an all-female guerrilla art show outside Frieze, as a counterpoint to the “disproportionate amount of male artists championed and exhibited in the art world”. Sixteen London-based, as yet unrepresented women artists showed their work and wowed crowds and critics thanks to Diana’s impromptu show.

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How would you describe a Modern Day Icon?
Someone who doesn't follow popular opinion and trends, who works hard and thinks independently.

What is the greatest decision you've ever made?
Trusting my own instincts.

What inspires you?
I'm mostly inspired by moving image. Right now I've been watching a lot of new wave 60s Czech cinema in particular by director Vera Chytilova. Basically anything experimental and really out there! Performance artist Valie Export is great. Music plays a huge part too - The Brian Jonestown Masaccare, Tame Impala and Air are on heavy rotation in the studio.

If you had a different career what would it be?
Circus artist.

If you could create a piece of artwork based on any person, who would that person be?
Judy Chicago. She is someone I really look up too.

Where would you like to see female art in ten years time?
I think gender disparity in the art world should be a important conversation. 65 of the most expensive art works sold at auctions - not a single work was made by a woman. It’s weird I guess because women have always been subjects but not the makers of art. In ten years time I'd like female artists to be making the same amount of work as male artists do.

What's an unusual fact about yourself people don't know?
I speak fluent Arabic and French.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A good artist has less time than ideas.

Is there a particular motto you live life by?
Make things happen for yourself.

Your top three works of art?
Lydia Clarke (Anthropophagic Slobber), Adrian Piper’s  (Catalysis III), Magdalena Abakanowicz (Abakan Red)

How would like to be known until the end of time if you had a choice?
A catalyst for new ideas.

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How would you describe a Modern Day Icon?
Someone who doesn't follow popular opinion and trends, who works hard and thinks independently.

What is the greatest decision you've ever made?
Trusting my own instincts.

What inspires you?
I'm mostly inspired by moving image. Right now I've been watching a lot of new wave 60s Czech cinema inparticular by director. Basically anything experimental and really out there! Performance artist Valie Export is great. Music plays a huge part too - The Brian Jonestown Masaccare, Tame Impala and Air are on heavy rotation in the studio. 

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If you had a different career what would it be?
Fashion photographer or brass instrument player.

If you could create a piece of artwork based on any person, who would that person be?
Judy Chicago. She is someone I really look up too.

Where would you like to see female art in ten years time?
I think gender disparity in the art world should be a important conversation. 65 of the most expensive art works sold at auctions - not a single work was made by a woman. It’s weird I guess because woman have always been subjects but not the makers of art. In ten years time I'd like female artists to be making the same amount of work as male artists do.

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What's an unusual fact about yourself people don't know?
I speak fluent Arabic and French.

What's the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
A good artist has less time than ideas.

Is there a particular motto you live life by?
Make things happen for yourself.

Your top three works of art?
Lydia Clarke (Anthropophagic Slobber), Adrian Piper’s  (Catalysis III), Magdalena Abakanowicz (Abakan Red)

How would like to be known until the end of time if you had a choice?
A catalyst for new ideas.

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Image credits: Josh Williams; Diana Chire Instagram