Sara Diamond

New York , NY
United States
New York US
Lives in
Vancouver , BC
British Columbia CA

Video maker, producer, arts administrator, curator, teacher, critic. An SFU graduate and teacher at ECIAD (1985-1991), the New York-born “red diaper baby” was brought up in Toronto and settled in 1978 in Vancouver where she became a key figure and pioneer in Vancouver video art and activism. As one of the five-member feminist collective Amelia Productions, Diamond contributed to what is probably the earliest dyke-activist videotape in Canada, the rough-hewn but passionate conference document Lesbians Against the Right (1981, 45). Although the main thrust of Diamond’s own video art within such frameworks as the Women’s Labour History Project is less interested specifically in queer identities, its exploration of the artist’s personal genealogy as well as gendered and class history in B.C. situates both in relation to the lesbian/homosocial continuum. She assumed the influential post of Artistic Director Media and Visual Arts at the Banff Centre in 1992, where her legendary support of queer video and interdisciplinary media art made Banff a queer cultural garrison in Alberta. There Diamond stamped a whole generation of Canadian and international queer video work, from the AIDS-activist safe-sex series of the early nineties, to residency-produced tapes such as Richard Fung ’s Dirty Laundry (1996) and the American Gregg Bordowitz’s Fast Trip Long Drop (1993). Diamond received the Bell Canada Award in Video Art 1995, and became President of OCAD in 2005.