Diana Ali was born in Rusholme, Manchester to Bengali parents and is now based in Nottingham, UK. She actively works nationally and internationally taking her practice to different cities and spaces. Diana has a BA (Hons) Fine Art from Nottingham Trent University and a Masters in Contemporary Fine Art Curating/ Practice from Sheffield Hallam University. She is also a Fellowship in Higher Education (HFEA Status).
She is a visual artist, international curator, creative mentor, art lecturer and tutor, workshop leader, NWC board member and a-n (The Artist Information Company) council member.
Her practice involves fictional narratives, a play on language and text through drawing, experimental photography, installation and direct animation. She is interested in correspondence, communication, connectivity and collaboration and this is extended through her international curatorial projects.
Her work is about distance, travel and reaching out. She travels, gets lost, and collects found and hidden images embedding narratives within them. She documents stories from her own and others experiences. Some are about political responses and reactions, cultural and language boundaries, human interactions; bringing different fragments of cultures into one space.
As a Visual Artist, she has exhibited regionally, nationally at the TINAG festival, London and Site Gallery, Sheffield and solo at the Airspace Gallery, Hanley. Her international exhibitions include The Library Artspace, Victoria, Australia, The Crafts Fair in San Francisco, The Roaming Biennial in Tehran and the Other Asiaâ€™s exhibition â€˜ReDo Pakistanâ€™ in Karachi, Pakistan and has been featured in The Disarmory Newspaper in New York.
To date she has independently curated fourteen shows. National projects include â€˜Up & Comingâ€™ at the CUC in Liverpool, an event showcasing 60 emerging national and international artists, â€˜Subversive Correspondenceâ€™ featuring fifty artists in London and Bristol and â€˜Dialogues: A Fake Romance?â€™ in Swansea with thirty artists. Internationally, she has curated in countries with cultural divides; â€˜A State of Un-Playâ€™ at Atelier 35 in Romania, â€˜Engagement and Entrapmentâ€™ in Israel and Palestine, Cyprus and South Korea. â€˜Loss & Lucidityâ€™ in California and Lisbon, which was her largest show featuring 58 international artists.
She is currently working with promoting and advocating the importance of creative thinking and making in different sectors outside of art. She has given presentations and workshops at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham University, Southwark Cathedral, KPMG, Archaeology groups (DNMGS), Haringey Council (business & Art) and schools and communities centres (well-being, domestic violence issues, race and disability).. She currently works at Loughborough University and Open College of the Arts (University of the Creative Arts)