Diana Bamimeke (Independent)
Diana Bamimeke is a writer and independent curator from Dublin 15. Through collaborations with both artists & arts organisations, their practice has evolved into an expanded one, encompassing writing, activism & programming. Bamimeke is interested in exploring the overlap of criticality and making, and in the radical potential of the written word to envision different futures for Black and queer people. On Belonging – Bamimeke’s most recent curatorial endeavour – was a collaborative group exhibition for Basic Space Dublin & The Library Project, supported by the Arts Council of Ireland. Their first curatorial effort was HEED OFFICE (2018), an arts advocacy project in collaboration with artist Garrett Phelan. From 2018 to 2019 Bamimeke was part of IMMA After, a collective of artists & arts professionals at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, for which they devised programme-related public engagement events.
Their writing has featured in publications by Origins Eile, the VAI News Sheet, the RHA, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and TU Dublin. They are currently the 2021/22 Curator in Residence at the Museum of Everyone.
Curator’s Areas of Interest:
I’m interested in curating and producing socially engaged art, with a focus on community engagements (workshops, activism, etc), criticality and, more recently, Black radical traditions and their manifestations in cultural production. Collaboration is a central tenet of both my curatorial and writing practices. My writing especially (mostly critico-fiction and essays) serves as a point of departure for each project I embark on.