Diego Ramirez (b. 1989, Mexico) is an artist and writer living and working in Melbourne. His most recent work takes the form of mixed media installations addressing gendered and racialized communication in various forms of media, ranging from natural history (where ‘primitive’ bodies are equated with flora and fauna), to Mexican colonial art (a caste system finds validation and circulation) and pop culture (cultural signs are exchanged, localized and hybridized on a global scale). He is represented by [MARS] Gallery in Melbourne, Australia.
His work has been included in local, interstate and international group exhibitions such as South curated by David 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,Sp), 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 and contributes to journals including Runway Australian Experimental Art (Australia) and Critical Contemporary Culture (Canada). He co-directed the Melbourne Video Art Society from 2012-14.