Diana Thater
iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa


Diana Thater

Diana Thater was born in 1962 in San Francisco; she lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thater explores human subjectivity through the pervasively mediated interaction of humans with the natural world. Incorporating a reverence and respect for nature, Thater’s working strategy is to employ representational landscape imagery to create abstractions. In her work, one finds the intersection of the worlds of time (video) and space (architecture). Locating the possibility of transcendence and freedom within a landscape, Thater’s work recalls nineteenth-century American ideals while remaining contemporary and universally applicable in its use of new media and its embrace of abstraction. She has shown her works in solo exhibitions internationally including the Dia Center for the Arts (2002), the Wiener Secession (2000), and The Museum of Modern Art, New York (1998), as well as having been included in numerous international exhibitions such as the Carnegie International, and biennials in Johannesburg, Whitney, Sydney, Kwangiu, and Lyon. A pioneer of video projection installation, Diana Thater has a unique vision that combines literature, animal behavior, mathematics, and sociology. In 2006, Thater was featured in the group exhibition Ecotopia: The Second ICP Triennial of Photography and Video, at the International Center of Photography, New York.

“Art changes the world by changing the way you see. People can change the world through conservation, but we have to realize that the way the world is depicted also changes the world. That’s what’s interesting about this project. There is a certain percentage of people who will say, ‘Ah! That’s beautiful! What is that?’ And you can change the world that way.”

—Diana Thater on the Human/Nature project

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