Old Vampires, Duratran print on lightbox, 594 x 420mm, 2019. Photography by Aaron CV Rees.
New Vampires, Duratran print on lightbox, 594 x 420mm, 2019. Photography by Aaron CV Rees.
Statement - art english
Diego Ramírez is an artist, writer and arts worker. After a sustained period of experimentation with otherness and institutional critique, Ramírez formalised his interests to look at states of ‘fallenness’. He approaches this condition in the satirical vein of Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost, where the literary figure of Satan engages in adversarial and melancholic relations.
Key cultural moments have shaped the skepticism and darkness of his work. Such as the political corruption during the Mexican recession of 1994, the apocalyptic zeitgeist of the turn of the century and the religious dimension of identity politics. The combination of these formative experiences led to a state of cynicism that inform his push and pull with concepts, form and context.
He is known for developing performative stances that inhabit affirming discourses while embodying their perversions. These characterisations become the basis for expansive installations that use video, photography, neon, live performance and sculptures.
In the past, he has embraced the vampire to parody cultural diversity, hijacked Marian apparitions with a dark orb, and observed how devils represent ethnic stereotypes in Hollywood.
He often refines his ideas in writing, where he articulates cultural critiques that feed back into his art. In recent years, Ramírez’ writing has become increasingly performative, often coming from a para-fictional voice that counters the moral economy of the art world.