CV

Education

My performance art combines gay club aesthetics of appearance, movement, and attitude with their opposites. I use trickery, sincerity, and pop culture to create emotionally visceral and visually fascinating images through live performance.

I am educated in performance and art practice largely by participating in San Francisco, California’s diverse drag community. I began performing at San Francisco clubs ‘Something’ and ‘High Fantasy’ in 2011. In that year, I produced and performed approximately 100 unique pieces in clubs throughout San Francisco.

Since then, my work has been featured in various festivals and curated shows in the United States and internationally. I have danced for and collaborated with celebrated choreographers and emerging international artists. Most recently, I was a recipient of the Maroc Artist Meeting Residency in collaboration with Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now Marrakech, Morocco (2016) and Musik I Syd Future Legends Residency in Malmö Sweden (2015).

Awards, Grants, Residencies

2016 Maroc Artist Meeting Residency in collaboration with Marrakech Biennale 6: Not New Now Marrakech, Morocco

2015 Musik I Syd ‘Future Legends’ Residency in collaboration with Zofia William Asenlof, Malmo, Sweden

2014 Airspace Performance Residency, San Francisco, CA

 Solo Show

2014 Nightmare, AirSpace Artist Residency, San Francisco, CA

2013 Cunt: An Opening, The Lab, San Francisco, CA

Gallery Performances

2016 ‘On Use & Dis-Use of Images in Performance: A Study in Tension,’ Touch On, SomArts, San Francisco, CA

2015 ‘Fascinator,’ SALTA presents at the Finnish American Hall, Berkeley, CA

2015 ‘LOOK,’ SALTA curates The News, SomArts, San Francisco, CA

2013 Untitled to We Found Luv Edit, SFMoMA’s 24 Hour Future Countdown Live, SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA,

Festivals

2015, ‘Fascinator,’ with sound collaboration with Marc Kate, Future of Sound Festival, San Francisco, CA

2015, Untitled collaboration with Zofia William Asenlof, Future Legends, Palladium, Malmo, Sweden

2013 Untitled to We Found Luv Edit, Araxes, Highways Performance Space & Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012 Untitled collaboration with Jonathan Solo, WorkMORE 2012, CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

2012 Untitled, This Is What I Want Festival, SomArts, San Francisco, CA

2012 Untitled collaboration with boychild, Best Revenge Festival 2012, 22nd St. Co-op, San Francisco, CA

2012 Untitled to Antony and the Johnsons’ Cripple and the Starfish, The News, SomArts, San Francisco, CA

Group Show / Cast Member

2015-present Desiree Holman “Sophont,” SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

2016 Lucky Dragons “User Agreement,” SFMoMA, San Francisco, CA

2014 Eva Maria Kupfer “A Lesson in Swiss German,” ODC, San Francisco, CA

2014 Athi-Patra Ruga, “The Future White Women of Azania,” SF MoMA at YBCA, San Francisco, CA

2012 Mica Sigourney “MasterWORK” Artist-In-Residence Performance,’ CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

2011 OX / Mica Sigourney “WorkMORE,” CounterPulse, San Francisco, CA

Music Videos

2016 Talent, Raw Moans ‘Just a Touch of Love’

2014 Art Direction and Talent, Alexis Penney ‘I Remember’

2013 Talent, CSS ‘Into the Sun’

Press

AHDMU, Culture: Welcome to Dia Dear’s Nightmare, 6/14

S.F. Weekly, Art Beat: Dia Dear on Performing Queerness and Sincere Vulnerability, 1/13

S.F. Guardian, Phantasm, Volume 47 issue 10, 12/12

S.F. Weekly, Queer Performance Art Series The News Starts Strong at SOMArts, 2/12