Artist Statement

As an artist working with tele-nomadic multimedia, I work with video, performance and installation, experimenting with technology as a means to channel transmissions of memory and knowledge from the ether-nets of my mixed diasporic background. Born and raised in the United States to Chinese-Peruvian parents, I concern myself with the intergenerational passage and overloading of information. Using video technology and interactive installations, I explore the performative fissures between language, distance, time and mobility. Through a process of mirrored, closed-circuit and analog connections, I arrange malfunctioning screens and map out wires into a precarious transnational array of looping communication. I also sculpt, edit and perform with archival materials (from hand-polished stone to digitized photos and sounds of my family) to contemplate the haptic, intimate and familial bonds we have to mobile devices. Fragmenting the links we hold dear to contemporary consumer electronics, I conceptualize the liminal capacity of technology to possess and display the cognitive afterlife of migratory human and object dementia. While the televisual work of Nam June Paik and Dieter Kiessling motivate me to consider the systematic operations of the medium, my passion to integrate ethnographic and intergenerational information derives from my research of Trinh T. Minh-ha, Rea Tajiri and Song Dong’s work. With the constant travel of light and signals in my practice, I see the techno-transference of memory as a non-linear process that offers a gateway to feel closer to the aura of loss in an age of pixelated preservation.

Artist Bio

Diana Li is an artist and arts organizer. As an artist, she works with video, performance and installation, experimenting with technology to channel intergenerational transmissions of memory and knowledge from the ether-nets of her mixed diasporic background. She received her undergraduate degree in Visual Arts Media and Ethnic Studies at UC San Diego and her MFA at San Francisco Art Institute. With her collaborator, Erina C Alejo, Diana is a founding member of Appendix Collective, which formed through AAWAA's Emerging Curators Program in 2016. Together with a team of educators, young artists and community leaders, they also cultivate joy with SoMapagmahal, a youth photography mxntorship program. Diana has also shown and worked in multiple capacities with organizations like the Center for Asian American Media, Asian American Women Artists Association, Kearny Street Workshop, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and Emerging Arts Professionals.

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EDUCATION

2017 MFA, Studio Art, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2014 BA Magna Cum Laude, Visual Arts Media & Ethnic Studies, University of California, San Diego, CA

2013 Literature in Paris, Global Seminars Program, University of California, San Diego, CA

 

SELECTED AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS

2017-18 Emerging Arts Professionals Fellowship 2017-18, Emerging Arts Professionals, San Francisco, CA

2017 Virgil Williams Prize for Outstanding Leadership, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2016 Emerging Curators Program Fellowship, Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco, CA

2014 Best Screenwriting for ABT, Up&Coming Student Film Festival, ArtPower!, UC San Diego, CA

2014 Second Place in Wild Card for Finger Running, Digital Film Festival, Video Production Club, UC San Diego, CA

2013 Best Art Direction for Play House, Up&Coming Student Film Festival, ArtPower!, UC San Diego, CA

2012 Robert and Arleen Lettas Scholarship for Arts & Humanities, UC San Diego, CA

 

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 CHINITA, Kearny Street Workshop Presents, Kearny Street Workshop Office Gallery, San Francisco, CA (curated by Dara Del Rosario, Kimberly Arteche)

2014 TABLOIDS, Women’s HERstory Month, Cross-Cultural Center, UC San Diego, CA (curated by Jayne Manuel)

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018 </3, Appendix Collective, SF LGBT Center, United States of Asian America Festival: Regenerative Community, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, Queer Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2018 Dear Mother, San Pablo Art Gallery, Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco, CA (curated by Katie Quan, Midori Kimata)

2017 Introductions 2017, Root Division, San Francisco, CA (Juror: Patricia Cariño Valdez, Curator and Director of Public Programs, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art; Kira Lyons, Director, Gallery Wendi Norris; Hesse McGraw, Vice President for Exhibitions and Public Programs, San Francisco Art Institute) (catalogue)

2017 MFA Show, The San Francisco Mint, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)

2017 Alternative Dementia, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2016-17 The Yud Video Project, Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA

2016 Urban x Indigenous, SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2016 POST/HASTE, Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, CA (curated by Natasha Ceyan, Harper Brokaw-Falbo)

2015 SILK, Performance, San Francisco Art Institute Concentrate Festival, San Francisco, CA

2015 Hungry Ghosts, presented by Asian American Women Artists Association, i-Hotel Manilatown Center San Francisco, CA (Juror: Elizabeth Travelslight, Founder, Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, curated by Michelle A. Lee)

2014 Making Strange, Sixth College ARTifact Gallery, UC San Diego, CA (catalogue)

 

CURATED EXHIBITIONS

2017 APAture: UNRAVEL, Visual Arts and Film, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2017 Alternative Dementia, Diego Rivera Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2016 APAture: HERE, Visual Arts and Film, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2016 “the token show,” Swell Gallery, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2016 Appendix, Emerging Curators Program, Asian American Women Artists Association, Pacific Heritage Museum, San Francisco, CA (co-curated with Erina C Alejo)

2014 Umbilical, Adam Douglas Kamil Gallery, UC San Diego, CA (co-curated exhibition and work in collaboration with Erina Alejo, Jayne Manuel)

2013 RERUN, Mandeville Annex Gallery, UC San Diego, CA, Russell Grant (co-curated exhibition and work in collaboration with Erina Alejo, Ren Ebel, Tanner Cook)

 

SELECTED SCREENINGS

2017 Victory, What I Like About You, 26th Annual Juried Presentation of New Work, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA

2017 Victory, APAture 2017: Unravel, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2017 Victory, 2017 MFA Film Festival, New People Cinema, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)

2017 I CANNOT DISAPPOINT THE LEGACY OF MY FAMILY / EL CONDOR PASA, Kearny Street Workshop Presents, San Francisco, CA

2016 Finger Running, CAAMFest San Jose 2016, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA

2016 I Don’t Know, I Forgot, APAture: HERE, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)

2016 Finger Running, LA Asian Film Festival, Visual Communications, Los Angeles, CA (catalogue)

2015 Finger Running, CAAMFest 2015, Center for Asian American Media, San Francisco, CA (catalogue)

2014 Finger Running, 15th San Diego Asian Film Festival, Pacific Arts Movement, San Diego, CA (catalogue)

2014 Growing Up Chinese Peruvian in the US, CHIFA: Mixed Identified Storytelling, Cross-Cultural Center, UC San Diego, CA

2013 “THAT GUY...WITH GREAT HAIR”, 14th San Diego Asian Film Festival, Pacific Arts Movement, San Diego, CA

 

ART & COMMUNITY ORGANIZING

2017-18 Festival Coordinator, United States of Asian America Festival 2018, Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center, San Francisco, CA

2017-18 Co-organizer, SoMapagmahal - Galing Bata Afterschool Program, San Francisco, CA (Granted by Alternative Exposure - Southern Exposure, Sponsored by United States of Asian America Festival 2017: Threading Resilience - Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center)

2015-18 Screening Committee Member, CAAMFest, Center for Asian American Media, San Francisco, CA

2017 APAture Festival Coordinator, APAture 2017: Unravel, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2016-17 Graduate Student Member, Committee on Diversity & Equity, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

2016 General Planning Committee, Visual Arts and Film, APAture: HERE, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA

2016 Collective Memory Wiki Intern, Bay Area Society for Art & Activism, San Francisco, CA

2014-16 Marketing & Communications Intern, Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco, CA

2014-15 Program & Marketing Intern, Center for Asian American Media, San Francisco, CA

2013-14 Common Ground Newsletter & Marketing Intern, Cross-Cultural Center, University of California, San Diego, CA

2011-14 President, Sixth College Video Production Club, University of California, San Diego, CA

 

SELECTED LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS/WORKSHOPS

2018 Presentation, Slide Slam with Margo Machida, Asian American Women Artists Association, San Francisco, CA, January 21.

2017 “Capturing Narratives: Engaging Youth Through Photography,” Workshop Facilitator with Erina C Alejo, Dara Del Rosario, Derek Macario, Free Minds Free People Baltimore 2017, SoMapagmahal, Baltimore, MD, July 8.

2017 “Collective Healing & Resistance in Art: Sammay Dizon, April Martin and Kee Romano,” Moderator, Organizer, Femme-Futures Month, Committee on Diversity & Equity, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA, March 8.

2017 “Post-Tea & Heresies,” Facilitator, Organizer, Femme-Futures Month, Committee on Diversity & Equity, San Francisco Art Institute , San Francisco, CA, March 6.

2016 “Beyond Representation,” Facilitator, APAture: HERE Closing Reception, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA, Oct 15.

2014 “CHIFA: Mixed Identified Story-Telling,” Workshop Facilitator, Organizer, UC San Diego Cross-Cultural Center Self-Initiated Project, San Diego, CA, February 24.

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2017 “Digital Seance, Capturable Loss,” Dissolve, The Screen, Issue No. 4, Dissolve, Julian Wong-Nelson, ed. May 23, 2017. http://www.dissolvesf.org/issue-4/digital-seance-capturable-loss

2017 SFAI 2017 MFA\MA, Photos and statements of art and curatorial work, San Francisco Art Institute, Zeina Barakeh, Niki Korth and Amy Krivohlavek Galindo, eds. (San Francisco, 2017): 37, 82, 84.

2017 2017 MFA Film Festival, trailer, image and description for “Victory” in centerfold, San Francisco Art Institute, May 19, 2017.

2016 “Mixed Identified Story-Telling: Some Words on My Self-Initiated Project,” Nexus: Complicating Community & Centering the Self, Edwina Welch, Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez, Nancy Magpusao, and Sandra Amon, eds. (United States: Cognella, Inc., 2016): 327-329.

2015 “I AM A WARRIOR,” Oakland Asian Cultural Center’s Second Zine, 2015: 12.

2015 David Lamble, “Asian & Asian American lives onscreen,” The Bay Area Reporter, March 12, 2015. http://ebar.com/arts/art_article.php?sec=film&article=1338

 

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

2018 Mxntor, SoMapagmahal, Galing Bata Bilingual Program, Bessie Carmichael Middle School Filipino Education Center,              San Francisco, CA (Photography, Spring 2018)

2017 Teacher, Young Artists Program, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Video Art, Summer 2017)

2016 Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Art Since 1945, Fall 2016)

2016 Course Dedicated Tutor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Critical Theory, Fall 2016)

2016 Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute PreCollege Program, San Francisco, CA (Installation, Summer 2016)

2016 Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Gender, Math & Science, Spring 2016)

2015 Course Dedicated Tutor, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Regimes of Sight, Fall 2015)

2015 Teaching Assistant, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA (Contemporary Art Practice, Fall 2015)

2015-17 Tutor, Academic Resource Center, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA

 

Categories

  • Film/Video
  • Mixed Media
  • New Media
  • Visual Arts
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Conceptual
  • Digital
  • Experimental
  • Installation
  • Mixed Media
  • Noise/Sound
  • Performance Art
  • Poetry
  • Sculpture
  • Video