Enrique Ramirez produces media and photography-based work that explores the interrelationship between landscape and “subjective imaginary.” Born in Santiago, Chile, during dictator Augusto Pinochet’s violent rule, Ramirez’s highly politicized practice questions notions of exile, displacement, loss of memory and a changing sense of place. He delves into stories within stories, fictions that overlap time periods and countries, mirages between the dream world and reality. Often, Ramírez uses images combined with sound to orchestrate an abundance of possible intrigues while making use of the equilibrium between the poetic and the political.
Growing up with a sail-maker father, his process often returns to the sea as a backdrop for his investigations of geo-politics. Open spaces and vast landscapes prevalent in his seductive films and installations serve as breathing room for contemplation and imagination. A sense of longing and nostalgia often haunts his works as Ramirez engages both personal recollections and gathered stories of loss and deracination.
Recent solo exhibitions include Museo Amparo, México; Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Dunkerque, France and Museo de la Memoria, Santiago, Chile. Group exhibitions include CCA, Tel-Aviv, Israel; Kadist, San Franciso, USA; Jeu de Paume, Paris, France; Museo de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile and Centre Pomidou, Paris, France.
Ramírez’s work features in the following public collections: Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Perez Art Museum, Miami; FRAC, Marseille, France; Kadist Foundation, San Francisco, USA; MACVA, Barcelona, Spain; FNAC, Paris, France; Collection Itaú Cultural (Sao Paulo) and the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Santiago de Chile, as well as numerous private collections internationally.