Enrique Ramirez - Cruzar un muro - 2012-01WEB

Cruzar un Muro, 2012
HD Single Channel, Stereo, 5′ 12”
Presented by Galeria Die Ecke, Chile
Cruzar un Muro (Crossing a Wall) is a film, inspired in the 13th Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in which affirm that “Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country”. In this film, a waiting room, a public office of immigration matters, located in «somewhere», is the scenario that converges all the human aspirations of our time… The waiting, the conviction, the longing and the right of everyone to dream, to travel, to cross, to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state or to the right of return to their country of origin… All this is represented metaphorically in this scenario of fiction and reality.

He was born in Santiago, Chile in 1979. He graduated with a degree in Audiovisual Communication from Instituto Arcos in Santiago, Chile and received his Masters for Contemporary Art and New Media from Studio National Des Arts Contemporains in Le Fresnoy, France.
Ramírez’s piece can be described as a poetic launch towards the humanization of contemporary dystopias. His movies, photographs and installations work with the politics of exodus, exile, and the discontinuity of memory, but for Ramírez they are always dealing with an arduous search through the subjective imagination. The vast landscapes that often appear in his work are conceived as geo-poetic spaces of the imagination or open territories through which one can wander and explore visually.
Among his recent solo exhibitions include: ‘The latitudes ‘ in Portrait, Gallery Jeune Création , Paris ; ‘Le voyage immobile EROA’ Collège Gustave Nadaud  (Watterlos , France) or Beyond Memories’ at Fondazione Studio Marangoni (Florence , Italy) between many others.
He has received awards such as: Cutlog (France, 2012) Award and first exhibition Beyond Memory (Italy, 2012) Award for the film ‘Brisas’; Private production LACCF (Belgium, 2011), Reel Gold , Short Film Festival , Bobine Lille by ‘Brisas’ ( France, 2009) , among others. In 2013 he won the FONDART with ‘Ocean’ project.

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Since its founding in Santiago de Chile in 2002, Die Ecke Arte Contemporáneo has formed a distinct idea of how a Latin American gallery should operate, linking a commercial aim to an ideological vision. Founder and director Paul Birke states that he aspires to support artistic production in Chile and preserve the country’s cultural heritage by encouraging private and institutional collectorship. Although Die Ecke focuses on marketing and supporting its artists, providing a platform for collaboration and discourse is also one of the main goals of the gallery. In March 2005 the space was officially inaugurated with the group show ‘Die Ecke March 2005’. Die Ecke’s critical acclaim inspired the opening of a satellite space in Barcelona, Spain in 2010. The gallery presents regular exhibitions of contemporary Chilean artists to the European audience in the neighborhood of Gracia.