Enrique Ramirez | Chile / France

Visual artist. He works with film, video, photography and installation, creating pieces that set out to reintroduce the human element into contemporary dystopias. Topics like displacement, exile and the discontinuity of memory are explored in his work through contemplative elements like vast landscapes, water, the breeze, as geopoetical spaces open to the labor of subjective imagination. He holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication with a baccalaureate degree in Filmic Studies from Instituto de Artes y Comunicación Arcos, in Santiago de Chile, and a master’s degree in Contemporary Art and New Media from Studio National Des Arts Contemporains Le Fresnoy, in Tourcoing, France. Solo exhibitions include Cartografías para navegantes de tierra, Galería Die Ecke, Santiago, Chile (2012); De latitudes en portrait, Galerie Jeune Création, Paris (2013); Los Durmientes, Les modules, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, (2014), among others; he has been featured in festivals and group exhibitions such as Bienal de Video y Nuevos Medios, Santiago, Chile (2003/5/7); European Art Media Festival, Osnabrück, Germany (2011); Sharjah Biennial, United Arab Emirates (2011); Media Arts Biennale, Museo de bellas artes, Santiago, Chile (2012/3), among others. He lives and works between Paris and Santiago de Chile.

Pacifico | 2014, video

In Pacífico, the sea is rough, nocturnal, and seemingly undecipherable. With no reference of location, it is a nondescript fragment of the ocean. Although it has admitted the brutality of its actions during Pinochet’s military regime, the Chilean army never revealed the whereabouts of its victims. Most cases are labeled as “thrown to sea,” and therefore irretrievable. In Pacífico, the ocean becomes a memory that silently haunts the night of history.

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