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Tidal Pulse at Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival (AMIFF) in Harstad, Norway.

Tidal Pulse Arctic Moving Image & Film Festival (AMIFF) in Harstad, Norway, 18. – 21. October 2018. A site-responsive sound piece and visual voyage  by Enrique Ramírez Curated by Vanina Saracino During one single journey lasting three hours, the local speedboat Stjernøy becomes Tidal Pulse, a temporary world emerging from the aftermath of the sociopolitical and environmental crisis, interweaving the abyss and the cosmos into a new history of the future. The engine of the boat, its heart and lung, will guide us with its rhythmical voice through the nightfall and along the waters. Our pulse will be soon synchronized with the tides and the undertows. Other beings will share space with us intermittently, leaving us to reach smaller islands called by the names of uncharted planets. We will see daylight merging into darkness, geographies blurring. Strange critters will emerge from the depth of the oceans. We will slowly drift into […]

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Un hombre que camina at MAVI, Santiago, Chile.

Show at Mavi, museo de artes visuales, Santiago, Chile 07-07-2018 to 16-09-2018 Each  walk, each ride takes us to find ourselves, if not, why we traveled? When we walk we can become involved in a silence that surround our thoughts and isolates the city, the noise and everything what we do not want that touches to us… In a place a 5000 feet of hight, there is an imaginary man who takes a walk, who represents the unknown and uncertain journey between the life and the death, and realises a surreal dream in a unknown landscape where the sea and earth are united into one.

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À la recherche du vent perdu [In search of the lost wind] Cecilia Brunson Projects, London

27 Jan 2018 to 9 Mar 2018 Cecilia Brunson Projects is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by the Chilean artist Enrique Ramírez, his first solo exhibition in the UK. The exhibition will focus on pertinent and key global issues and concerns, those of migration and the personal journey. Ramírez describes his concept behind the exhibition as – ‘In search of the lost wind was born from the creation of a flag, normally used on boats to see the direction of the wind. The direction of the wind is to me today a symbol of the questions, where are we going, what guides us? We live in a world that has begun to lose its way and where thousands of people leave their lands to find a new opportunity far away… far from who they are, it is then these imaginaries that interest me, as a reflection of what is […]

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« Estamos aquí, sobre la tierra y bajo el cielo », CNAC, Santiago, Chile.

El Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo Cerrillos presenta la última exposición de su calendario 2017 inaugurando el sábado 11 de noviembre con dos artistas de destacada trayectoria: “Trazo Mutable”, de Máximo Corvalán-Pincheira, y “Estamos aquí, sobre la tierra y bajo el cielo”, de Enrique Ramírez, con la curatoría de Luz Muñoz. La mirada de los dos proyectos, que suman trece obras, invita a los ciudadanos a reflexionar sobre problemas contemporáneos. No es casual que se haya elegido el Centro Nacional de Arte Contemporáneo de Cerrillos, para que estos artistas reflexionen sobre la migración de personas en el mundo y el paisaje afectado por la sobreexplotación, la privatización de recursos y la extinción de especies animales y vegetales. “El CNAC, emplazado en la comuna de Cerrillos, se ha abierto a pensar las problemáticas contemporáneas desde el contexto del arte, espacio necesario en una comuna donde confluyen hoy una diversidad de orígenes […]

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INcoming – Screen City Biennial

We all come into this world the same way: with nothing. When we must move or change environments for reasons beyond our control, and when we are forced to flee, we often leave with nothing… to find a place that we can finally think of as a new land, rest our feet and reach a sense of belonging. Both Incoming (2017) and Sailors (2017) are  part of larger project commissioned for Screen City Biennial 2017. The works are born out of a response to the infamous image published April 19, 2016, in which the Norwegian immigration minister Sylvi Listhaug was photographed in the Mediterranean Sea abandoning ship from a Norwegian rescue vessel – wearing a protective orange survival suit – stating to the press, “You can’t put yourself in the same situation as the refugees but you can see it from that perspective [and experience of] how it is to be in the […]

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Un hombre que camina at VIVA ARTE VIVA – the 57th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia

Un Hombre que Camina (A Man Walking) (2011-2014) video Hd, sound 5.1. The sense of rhythm and timing is overpowered by the colossal sense of timelessness of this peculiar place. Shot in Uyuni, Bolivia, the film depcits world’s largest salt flat, a site that sits in a mountainous region at over twelve thousand feet above sea level. Ramirez’s work is deeply invested in the loss of regional identity, and the anachronistic dress of his “modern-day shaman” in the film is meant to reconcile the historical and cultural gaps between tribal traditions of a specific time and place and the all-too-prevalent homogeneity brought on by advanced capitalism. His festive yet ominous ceremonial mask, by extension, functions as a relic of colonial resistance: made by native coal miners to ward off Spanish invaders, the mask signals a need both past and present to preserve rituals passed down through future generations and across cultural […]

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The international sail at Kadist San Francisco

Lives Between March 8—May 6, 2017 Aslan Gaisumov, Dani Gal, Pawel Kruk, Runo Lagomarsino, Dana Levy, Tala Madani, Otobong Nkanga, Enrique Ramírez, Elham Rokni, Clarissa Tossin Co-curated by: Joseph del Pesco International Director, KADIST Sergio Edelsztein Director of the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv   The International Sail at  by Enrique Ramírez Yesterday, the 28th of March 2017, I saw in the newspaper a photograph of Mexican workers writing on the wall between Mexico and the USA: “We are not criminals, nor illegals, we are international workers.” How does one use disadvantages to produce a new reading that can be nourished by a supposed weakness? To reverse a sail is an act that inevitably quotes Torres García, and it says: we can think that our horizon is not the north, we should look at the south, the south is our north, and it will always be that way, we are from the […]

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VOILE N°3 : Voile Migrante at Centre Pompidou, Paris

VOILE N°3 : VOILE MIGRANTE Centre Pompidou, Hors Pistes Installation participative, 2017 Une voile est un objet qui a besoin de vent pour respirer, d’un mât et d’un bateau qui la prennent en charge Une voile qui se déplace est un être libre, c’est le mouvement même, c’est un drapeau flottant et, en soi, un objet migrant Produire une voile à la main est un processus de transmission des connaissances, du savoir-faire Mon père, assis à sa machine à coudre, la couture, en zigzag, cherche son chemin comme pourrait le faire un voilier naviguant contre le vent Je pense que les éléments qui composent une voile sont également des éléments nécessaires pour survivre dans un monde de plus en plus étranger Nous oublions l’histoire de plus en plus vite alors même que le monde commence à la répéter Il est facile d’oublier notre histoire comme il semble facile de s’aventurer […]

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Mundial at Grand café-Saint nazaire

Exposition du 28 janvier au 16 avril 2017 vernissage le vendredi 27 janvier à 19h Enrique Ramírez appreciates stories within stories, fictions straddling countries and epochs, the mirages between dream and reality. This Chilean artist, who lives and works between Chile and France, often uses image and sound to construct a profusion of intrigues and to occupy the equilibrium between the poetic and the political. His imaginary worlds are attached to one obsessional element—his thinking starts with the sea, a space for memory in perpetual movement, a space for narrative projections where the fate of Chile intersects with grand narratives of voyage, conquest and migratory flows. His liquid images speak of the sparkle of a truth in permanent flight, the backwash of history, always repeating and never the same. Through the sea, he also brings in the figure of his father—a father who made sails during the Pinochet dictatorship, a man […]