September 10, 2014

Diana Al-Hadid in conversation with Angela Stief

Exhibition talk

An event of the Friends of the Secession

Diana Al-Hadid was born in Aleppo (Syria) in 1981, grew up in Ohio (USA), and lives and works in New York City. Her sculptures, drawings, and panels, merge figuration and abstraction, and employ a range of materials, from steel and fiberglass, to gold leaf and pigment. Al-Hadid’s work is often in dialogue with history, referring to architectures of past eras or Old Master painting. Diana Al-Hadid has had solo exhibitions at Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, Centro de Arte Contemporánea, La Conservera, Murcia and The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Angela Stief, born 1974 in Augsburg, is a curator and publisher. She lives and works in Vienna and Berlin. She studied History of Art and Philosophy at the University of Vienna. She was curator at Kunsthalle Wien from 2002–2013, where she realised group exhibitions with accompanying publications like POWER UP – Female Pop Art (2010), Lives and works in Vienna. Stars in a Plastic Bag (2010), Videorama. Art Clips from Austria (2009) as well as solo shows with artists like Yüksel Arslan, Leigh Bowery, Urs Fischer, Nathalie Djurberg, Julian Rosefeldt und Gert & Uwe Tobias. Since 2003 she holds teaching assignments about art theory and curating. She regularly publishes texts about contemporary art in international art magazines and exhibition catalogues.