Diego Valente

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About me

My practice unearths the repressed permeability of unstable yet prized constructs, such as rationality and consciousness, exploring the process and drive behind the production of the work of art. Influenced by the dialogue between arts and the spiritual, anthropology and science, my work attempts to question belief systems, examining resonances, parallels and intersections between these different structures. Working in a meditative way, I draw upon and respond to the properties of different materials, such as felt, copper, lead, gold, crystals, plants and found objects. Central to my practice is our relationship to seeing, truth, knowledge and perception. The photographic thus becomes a central focus, in which our biological eye and neuro-scientific sensory system of light perception are drawn upon and explored within a poetic framework. The flash-gun pulsing as lightning, the hovering unfixed after image as memory trails are incorporated into performances, filmic works and installations. I have been showing in alternative spaces as well as galleries. Recently had my first solo show at the belfry of St. John's on Bethnal Green Church. Together with Emma Backlund, Sun Shi and Alice Serraino, founded The Kitchen Gallery, an artist run show in a conventional kitchen at an East London flat. Have co-curated the London College of Communication photo book table for Offprint London at Tate Modern for two consecutive years. I also co-edit the S:KIN Journal together with Emma Backlund and Ramona Guntert. Group shows include Lumen: School of Light, Brighton Photo Fringe, Paper, Publication, Performance at Lychee One Gallery, Psyche Valuations at White Conduit Projects.

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Skills

  • Film
  • Visual Arts
  • Art Direction
  • Art Photography
  • Craft
  • Screen Printing
  • Design
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
  • Powerpoint
  • Etching
  • Healing Arts
  • Science Art
  • Dark Room Photographer

Work history

Currently

Artist Assistant

Polly Braden

Feb 2013
  • Freelance
  • Photography assistant

2017

Gallery Invigilator

LycheeOne Gallery

Jul 2015 - Apr 2017
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance

2015

Co-curator

Offprint at Tate Modern Turbine Hall

May 2015 - May 2015
  • Freelance

2014

Artist Assistant

Esther Teichmann

Nov 2014 - Nov 2014
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Freelance

2015

Artist Assistant

Dallas Seitz

Oct 2013 - Oct 2015
  • Freelance

Education

2015

Photography

University of the Arts

Sep 2012 - Jun 2015

2012

Awarded Body Foundation Diploma in Arts and Design

University of the Arts, London

Sep 2011 - Jun 2012