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Diego Ramirez (b. 1989, Mexico) is an artist living and working in Melbourne. His most recent work takes the form of installations - video, animation, prints, light boxes, archival material, etc. - locating constructions, utterances and depictions of racial and gendered otherness in various forms of media, ranging from natural history (where ‘primitive’ bodies are equated to flora and fauna), to Mexican colonial art (a caste system is validated and circulated) and pop culture (cultural signs are exchanged, localised and hybridised on a global scale).

For the past two years he has held solo shows in artist run spaces including The Substation, Seventh Gallery, Blindside, Kings ARI and most recently a commercial space, [MARS] Gallery.

His work has been included in local and international group exhibitions such as South curated by Daivid Corbet (Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Sydney), Unco curated by Ian Haig (Torrance Museum, LA and NCCA, Darwin), The Return of Ghosts (Hong-Gah Museum, Taiwan), The Substation Contemporary Art Prize (The Substation, Melbourne) and The Incinerator Art Award (The Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne).

In 2013, he participated in the WRO 15th Media Arts Biennale (Wroclaw, PL), Currents Santa Fe New Media Festival (New Mexico, USA), The Substation Art Prize (The Substation, Melbourne) and the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (Sydney).

His video work is regularly shown in international screenings that take place in galleries, museums, artist run and alternative spaces including FILE 2014 (Sao Paulo, Br), Nervous Tensions curated by Anabelle Lacroix (Careof, Milan), Festival Miden (Kalamata, Greece), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (Stuttgart, De), MADATAC 05 (Madrid, Spain), Videoholica (Varna, Bg), International Video Art Review (22 cities, PL), Antimatter (Victoria, Ca), 25th Festival Les Instants Video (France, Italy and Argentina), and Channels: The Australian Video Art Festival (Melbourne, Aus).

In parallel to his art practice he writes catalogue essays for exhibitions and curates shows such as MVAS: Botborg & Marcia Jane (co-curator, Kings ARI), MVAS: Index A (co-curator, Kings ARI), and Late Video: One After Another (co-curator, Kings ARI).

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