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Diana Lui (1968) is a Franco-Belgian artist, photographer and filmmaker born in Malaysia, but based in Paris for over 15 years. She graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California in 1992. A master with the 8×10 inch view camera, Diana Lui develops long term photographic and artistic projects over several years. Intimate Portraits, what Lui calls "intimate/psychological/anthropological portraits on today’s hybrid generation of new nomads who have lost their roots and origins due to the onslaught of globalism" was initiated 20 years ago and continues to develop to this day. Lui’s silent portraits show the existential urgency of each individual’s existence through the space or objects surrounding him/her, the intrinsic gestures and physical positioning of the individual within his/her environment. With this constantly evolving series, she has won several awards including France’s 20th Bourse du Talent (Young Talent Award for Photography) and the Prix Kodak de la Critique Photographique (Kodak Critics’ Award), Belgium’s Prix National de la Photographie Ouverte du Musée de la Photographie à Charleroi and was in 2008 a finalist for the Prix de la Fondation HSBC pour la Photographie. Her newest project explores the veil and its universal meaning in Europe, the Orient and Asia. Her monumental portraits of people, nature and trees are included in major museum collections all over the world: Guangdong Museum of Art, Shanghai Art Museum, Fototeca de Monterrey, Mexico, Museo de Bellas Artes Caracas in Venezuela, Musée de la Photographie de Charleroi, etc. Her artistic and photographic education grant her creativity in diverse media. She also creates installations, in-situ museum projects and projects on outdoor cultural-historical sites.

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