Ramirez’ labour in the arts is about facilitating spaces beyond identity conventions, careerism and stylistic expectations. He believes in encouraging unconventional ideas, increasing participation, amplifying unheard voices, and platforming new artists.
He is the Director of SEVENTH Gallery, a 20 year old artist run space showcasing experimental practices and emerging artists from diverse backgrounds. From 2020-2021, he directed the complex relocation of the space to 213-215 Church St, Richmond by securing a partnership with local government.
He is a member of Darebin Arts & Heritage Advisory Panel, External Assessor for City of Melbourne Arts Grants Panel, Peer Assessor for Australia Council, Board member of Performance Review, and a mentor for SIGNAL Screen x Sound Commission 2021.
In 2020, he also took the role of Editor-at-large at Running Dog, an arts journal based in Sydney, where he commisioned pieces by emerging writers, such as Zarah Butcher McGunningle and Andrew Sutherland. In 2022, he comissioned a special project by Ari Tampubolon.
In 2018, he curated the exhibition Family Grimoires: The Diaspora Fantastic at SEVENTH Gallery. The same year, he produced the workshop Neutron Star delivered by MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellow Guillermo Gomez Peña and his ‘troupe’ La Pocha Nostra, curated by Bon Mott. In 2022, he co-curated the screening the Discomfort of Everything with Taylor Mitchell for Dogmilk Films.
Interview about SEVENTH Gallery (excerpt)
FAST Tours, 2020