We are always inspired and amazed by the extraordinary lives of those within the Dia community. Over the following weeks, we'll introduce you to the first in our Style Tastemakers series along with their favorite styles available at dia.com.
Siri Kaur is an artist and photographer who examines identities that occupy dualities, diversity, and contradiction, with a rigorous eye for the photographic quality of magic.
She received her MFA from The California Institute of the Arts, and an MA and a BA from Smith College. Kaur’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at Blythe Projects, Cohen Gallery, and Kopeikin Gallery, Los Angeles; at 99¢ Plus, New York; at the Vermont Center for Photography, and at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Group shows include those at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Vincent Price Art Museum, the Riverside Art Museum, the Lancaster Museum of Art and History, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Aperture Foundation, the Portland Museum of Art, and the Camera Club of New York, among others. Kaur’s work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.
She was a Professor of Fine Arts at Otis College of Art and Design from 2007-2018 and currently teaches at UCLA. In 2014 Leroy Press published Kaur’s first monograph, This Kind of Face, which documented the world of celebrity impersonators.
Q & A
Get to Know Siri
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
I'm a real mix of high/low, skinny jeans with an elevated blazer, t-shirt with a long skirt and boots, but always lots of drama. I'm a maximalist.
How has access to fashion/evolution of inclusive fashion impacted your own personal style?
It's been life-changing having access to many luxury brands that never made above a size 8 or 10. I was always scrounging for elevated looks, throwing in some menswear, and I still like a mix-and-match approach but now I can really find those luxury splurges where before I always stuck to bags and shoes since my favorite brands didn't carry my size.
WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED TO ADD TO YOUR 2023 WARDROBE?
A full-length leather trench and The Row zipper combat boots.
Is there a brand/style you'd love to wear that doesn't exist yet in plus?
DRIES DRIES DRIES! DRIES VAN NOTEN!
What do you want to see from fashion in the next 5 years?
I want fashion to fully embrace sustainability. Fast fashion contributes to approximately 10% of global warming, and that's not even taking into account shipping products and flying around the world for shows. So, I want a more ethical approach, starting with a less-is-more approach that emphasizes quality over quantity and timeless pieces that will stay in style longer. Also, let's keep going with increased inclusivity!
IS THERE A CHARITY YOU'D LIKE TO SPOTLIGHT IN THE NEW YEAR?
Amnesty International. I chose them because of their important mission to fight human rights abuses across the world, which we need now more than ever.
Learn more at https://www.amnesty.org/en/
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