« Mar mAr maR is a repetition but also an act of resistance. It symbolizes the world’s resilience. Mar mAr maR is not just the sea, in the literal sense, but you, me, the other, the friend, the stranger, the “other” world which the media are abandoning for lack of interest, it’s the immigrant, the displaced person, the wrecked ship, it’s the silent complaint of the earth when it meets the sea. When I imagine a work, I try to project myself into a place I’m not acquainted with, a place which I would like to enter and be transported through… A place where darkness would help to better see the light of images, that light which is not only there to get us to travel, but which also invites us to share ideas, and ways of thinking, seeing, feeling, and listening… The sea is like a window looking out […]
XIII Havana Biennial: The construction of the possible 12 April – 12 May, 2019 Casa Museo Simón Bolívar Mercaderes Nº 156 La Habana Vieja Our planet is questioning its future existence and Cuba does not escape that concern. It is one of the islands with the greatest biological diversity of plants per square kilometer worldwide and with 53% of endemic species. It is not exempt from the possible disappearance of species due to climate change and its consequences. Cuba has a « red list » of endangered plants that represents 46.31% of its total, which makes it the Caribbean island with the highest percentage of threatened species.1 For the XIII Havana Biennial: The construction of the possible, the curatorial project Seedbeds uses the poetic and political narratives of art in a proposal by Enrique Ramírez, who activates his creative process « as a man who digs « .2 following the stories and images […]
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 […]
A sail is an instrument to traverse the winds, to seek a direction. It is also a flag, an idea, a reference, a story, a map, a way of leaving, a thought and a compass. The inverted sail thus becomes a metaphor for the unknowable new possibilities: an endless discovery of worlds.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]