Diego Ramirez is an artist who works primarily with video. His practice is driven by an interest in identity and cult media. Ramirez’s work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and video festivals in Australia and abroad. We are excited to have Diego’s video Radish featured in our Interface – Night Projections, which is on until the 13th of September from 7PM to 3AM. We spoke with Diego to find out more about his art.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I am a nerd with a perverse core, I sublimate my psychopathic impulses with art making, primarily in the form of video, drawing and animation. I don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t do drugs and I don’t engage in irony.
Describe your art.
Polysexual, seductive and devious. Performance is a central strategy in my work. I am interested in pop culture and the manner in which it propagates normative values. In turn I’m attracted to fandom as a receptacle in which these ideals are simultaneously warped and complied.
How did you come to it?
I’ve always been on it, I remember coming home from school and putting my mum’s clothes on or playing I was a mushroom lying still in the backyard. I went through a long phase of drawing orifices and car accidents in primary school. I realized I wanted to work with the moving image after watching Un Chien Andalou, eventually I found about video art and I was hooked.
Tell us a about your past projects and what has been your most treasured creation?
My past projects dealt predominantly with gender, mainly because I made them during a time when I was sorting out my own sexuality. My most cherished works would be the first monologue from my video Polly, Jennifer and Melissa and my most recent project RADISH, recently exhibited with all of its components at Seventh Gallery.
Where did you grow up and has it influenced what you create?
I grew up in Mexico and I was a total weirdo, this sense of otherness had a deep influence in my work that continually manifests itself in the form of “strangeness”. I’m not patriotic or someone who feels a strong sense of group identity but whenever I see a hip vice zombie walking around with their generic skull tattoos on Fitzroy eating their vegetarian burritos all I can think of is “I hope you choke on it”.
Where do you feel most creative?
What will you be working on next?
I’m producing a series of 2 channel interview-based portraits on cosplayers blending live action footage and animation. The work is part of my Honours exegesis and my central enquiry is the manner in which they alleviate difference by performing amplified hegemonic roles.
What can visitors to expect to see when they visit the Colour Box Studio Night projections?
Me walking around dressed as a radish in the CBD, it was a very cold day and I was trembling but it’s hardly noticeable. The rest of the artists involved in the screening are fantastic, so they should reserve a proper amount of time to watch all of the works in their totality.
Where can we see more of your work?
I have a video in the upcoming Channels Video Art Festival screening as part of the Video Visions session, and an animation in The Melbourne Underground Film Festival. My work is available in my website www.diego-ramirez.net