Diana Baker Smith is an Australian artist and academic who makes, writes about and curates exhibitions on performance. Informed by feminist methodologies, much of her work is engaged with the politics of the archive and finding alternative ways of ‘doing’ historical research through live and performative projects.
Diana has exhibited her video and performance works across Australia, and in Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand and the US. She is a former board member of Firstdraft Gallery, and Runway Magazine and her research has most recently been published in Artlink, The Live Art Almanac and Oberon magazine.
Diana is the co-director and co-founder of artist led collaboration Barbara Cleveland (formally Brown Council). Since 2007 she has worked with Barbara Cleveland members Frances Barrett, Kate Blackmore and Kelly Doley to make performance and video works that draw on the historical lineages of the visual and performing arts. Most recently their work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul and ISCP in New York. In 2016 Barbara Cleveland presented two new commissions at the 20th Biennale of Sydney and at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.
In 2015 Diana launched Sunday School with artist Kelly Doley as a way to explore feminist methodologies for making and talking about art. Their performance lectures have recently been presented at the 20th Biennale of Sydney and Artspace in Sydney, and at Box Copy in Brisbane. In 2017 their video exhibition Moving Histories//Future Projections will tour nationally in partnership with Museums and Galleries NSW and dLux Media Arts.
Diana works as a lecturer at UNSWArt & Design.