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This week on FORUM, we will be talking to Diego Ramirez, an artist, writer and curator who works primarily with video and pictures to develop installation projects for gallery contexts.

Diego’s sullen work consists of cinematic and pictorial montages that combine new content with found material to re-evaluate media.

Key areas of interest include the legacies of colonialism in visual culture; the rhetoric of the image; and the concept of terror as a response to the other, with these ideas further expanded in his writing.

Educated in Melbourne, Diego has a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University and an Honours Degree of Fine Arts at Monash University; and is the manager at SEVENTH Gallery in Melbourne.

Solo exhibitions and individual screenings have included, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image; MARS Gallery; Perth Centre for Contemporary Photography; and multiple artist-run spaces.

His work has been included in group exhibitions at Art Central Hong Kong,Torrance Art Museum (Los Angeles); WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw); Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei); Australian Centre For the Moving Image (Melbourne); Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (Sydney); Careof (Milan); Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Sydney); and NAS Gallery (Sydney).

Festivals have also screened his video work at EXiS (Seoul); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei); Currents New Media Festival (New Mexico); Medrar for Contemporary Art (Cairo); File 2014 (Sao Paulo); Channels Video Art Festival (Melbourne); Festival Les Instants Video (Paris); and Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival (Kuala Lumpur).

Ramirez’s writing features in A+a: Art and Australia (Melbourne); Runway Journal (Sydney); Critical Contemporary Culture Journal (London); The Article (Melbourne); Fragmented Magazine (Melbourne); *dumb brun(ette) (Melbourne) and catalogue essays for various exhibitions. He is co-founder and co-editor of the discursive platform *dumb brun(ette). As co-editor, he recently published the booklet *dumb brun(ette) vol.1 for Bus Projects’ stall at the NGV Melbourne Art Book Fair.

Other local roles in Melbourne, include speaker at Experimenta Social #12The Unstable Body and Its Imagecurated by Emile Zile at ACMI X, Critical: Hybrid Practice convened by Katie Paine at RMIT First Site, Video Bootcamp chaired by Brie Trenerry at Linden New Art, and Decolonize This Place x SEVENTH Gallery at School House Studios.

Diego is represented by MARS Gallery in Melbourne.

Ramirez acknowledges the traditional custodians of the country where he works, the Wurundjeri and neighbours Boonwurrung people, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. Ramirez pays his respects to their Elders both past and present.


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Text and Images: Diego Ramirez | Edited: Lee-Ann Joy


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