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Sandra Ramos | Cuba

Né en 1969 à La Havane, Cuba
Vit et travaille à La Havane, Cuba,
Peinture, installation, vidéo, mixed media

Through my work, I try to express my relation with the political and social contemporary context worldwide. My work is a reflection about the specific reality of my country functioning as a daily recovery of a individual and social memory tied to everyday overcoming of economical and social uncertainties. My work reflects the lost utopian feelings and frustration of the socialism-emancipating ideal in actual Cuban society.

I use multiplicity Medias, according to the variety of significance of each work. I make prints and paintings using my self-portrait as a character similar to Alice in Wonderland that has the function of commenting the resent history of my country through popular stories pointed out by texts.

During the 90’s I developed a series of painted suitcases. They were a compilation of the experiences, dreams, deceptions and illusions of Cuban people that emigrate. This sculptures and installations, deal with the imaginary representation of and aquatic world. In them, I use materials like glass, mirrors, aquariums, water, life fishes, snails, and sand, to create a kind of artificial Water World defined by the impossibility of change human destiny.

 

On my recent installations, I try to articulate a visual dialogue that expresses the arbitrariness of thoughts, images, perceptions, contrasts and uncertainties that we find in our daily life in the contemporary world.

The actual development of the communication media confer to a contemporary man’s life a dynamics that transcends the perception of the time and space that we had before Those communication channels are also affected by an alienatory order where the entropy points out us that a theoretical limit exists for the compression and assimilation of data.

To express these ideas in a visual work, I use my personal and social memory documented through video and photographs, taking advantage of the kaleidoscopic deformation of the images and their instantaneous speed of perception (Entropidoscopios. Video Installation. 2009), exalting the opposition among materials, images and concepts like that of wealth and poverty, development, underdevelopment, abundance, scarcity (The dream of the reason. Video Installation. 2009) and by playing with perceptions as time-space, near and far, here and there, past and present (Parallel Roads. Installation. 2009)

My work, settles a dialogue among private and public, personal and collective. The viewer that invades the intimate space of my mind also participates of many of these experiences and memoirs that match to shared environment.

Diplômée de l’Academia San Alejandro (1988) et de l’Instituto Superior de Artes (1993) de La Havane, Cuba.

Expositions individuelles de Sandra Ramos

Bridging the Past, Present and Future: Recent Works by Sandra Ramos au Fort Smith Regional Art Museum d’Arkansas, USA (2013) ; Sandra Ramos. Travel to The American Dream à l’Accola Griefen Gallery de New York, USA (2012) ; Puentes: entre lejanías y cercanías llevadas a cabo au Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de La Havane, Cuba (2012) pendant la 11e Biennale ; Sandra Ramos’: 90 Miles: Living In The Vortex à la Dot Fiftyone Gallery de Miami, USA (2011) ; Exodus. Works by Sandra Ramos à Mayer Fine Art à Norfolk, USA (2010) ; 3D Sandra Ramos à la Salle Zero de l’Alianza Francesa de de La Havane, Cuba (2010) ; Las Ruinas de Utopía à la Galería Villa Manuela de La Havane, Cuba (2009) ; Sandra Ramos à la Fraser Gallery de Washington DC, USA (2007) ; Escape à la C5 Collection de Santiago de Compostela, Espagne (2005) ; From the Twilight to the Dawn à la Promo-arte Latin American Art Gallery de Tokyo, Japon (2005) ; Sandra Ramos. Criatura de Isla à La Barbera Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de La Villa Joiosa, Espagne (2005) ; Lecciones Oscuras à la Galería Habana de La Havane, Cuba (2004) ; Sea of sorrows à la Fraser Gallery de Washington, USA (2004) et Shipwrecks. Sandra Ramos Paintings and Installations au Fuchu Art Museum de Tokyo, Japon (2003).

Expositions collectives

Anguish & Enthusiasm: What Do You Do With Your Revolution Once You’ve Got It? au Greater Manchester Arts Centre, Cornerhouse à Manchester, Angleterre (2013) ; The Ⅻ Latin American & Caribbean Contemporary Art Exhibition “Today” à Promo-arte Latin American Art Gallery de Tokyo, Japon (2012) ; Revolution not televised au Bronx Museum of the Arts de New York, USA (2012) ; Restless: Recent Acquisitions from the MAM Collection au Miami Art Museum, USA (2012) ; Cuban Artists’ Books and Prints, 1985-2008 à la Cantor Art Gallery du College of Holy Cross Worcester du Massachusetts, USA (2012) ; Ajiaco: Stirrings of the Cuban Soul aux USA (2009-2012) ; Ya sé Leer à la Sandra Montenegro Gallery de Miami, USA (2012) et au Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam de La Havane, Cuba (2011) ; Crisis: América Latina: arte y confrontación. 1910-2010 au Museo Del Palacio de Bellas Artes de México DF, Mexique (2011) ; Cuban Visions au Metropolitan Pavilion de New York, USA (2011) ; Polaridad Complementaria: Recent Works from Cuba, USA (2010-2011) ; Diaspora, Identity, and Race: Cuba Today au Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art d’Oregon, USA (2011) ; Horizontes Insulares au Museo de Arte Moderno de Santo Domingo, au Centro de Arte Contemporáneo Wifredo Lam de La Havane, Cuba et à la Fondation Clément de Martinique (2011) ainsi qu’au Centro de Arte La Regenta de Las Palmas de Gran Canarias, Espagne (2010) ; Cuban Avant Garde au Xin Dong Cheng Space for Contemporary Art de Beijing, Chine (2010) ; Alicia Alonso dances here tonight à la Magnan Metz Gallery de New York, USA (2010) ; Don’t call me pretty: Women in Art à la Pan American Art Projects de Miami, USA (2010) ; Cuba Avant Garde, Arte Contemporáneo de la Colección Farber au Lowe Art Museum de Floride, USA (2010) ; Confluencias II: Inside. Arte Cubano Contemporáneo au National Hispanic Cultural Center d’Albuquerque. USA (2009) ; Cuba! Art and History from 1868 to Today au Montreal Museum of Fine Arts de Montréal, Canada (2008) ; Surrounded by Water. Expressions of Freedom and Isolation in Contemporary Cuban Art à la Boston University Art Gallery, USA (2008) ; Unbroken Ties au Museum of Latin American Art de Long Beach, USA (2006) ; Deseos Fluidos à Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.TBA21 à Vienne, Autriche (2005) ou New Installations à la Mattress Factory de Pittsburg, USA (2004).

Biennales, foires

Sandra Ramos participe à plusieurs editions de la Biennale de La Havane : 11e (2012), 10e (2009), 9e (2006), 7e (2000). En 2013, elle est invitée à la 55e Biennale de Venise, Italie et en 2012 à Happy Island. Primer encuentro bienal de arte Contemporáneo del Caribe à Aruba.

Elle prend part à la Bienal Internacional de Grabado de Cáceres, Espagne (2007) ; à la 11th International Print Triennial en Finlande (2005) ; à la Trienal Poligrafica: Latin Americana de San Juan, Porto Rico (2004).
Son travail est présenté à Portugal Arte 10 (2010) ; ArtBasel Miami et ARCOmadrid (2004).

Les œuvres de Sandra Ramos se trouvent dans les collections suivantes :

Casa de Las Américas, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Cuba ; Fuchu Art Museum, Japon ; Grafik Museum Stiftung Schreiner, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Allemagne ; Museum of Art. Fort Lauderdale, The Arizona State University Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts. Boston, The Farber Cuban Avant-Garde Collection, MoMA, USA ; The University of Essex Collection of Latin American Art –UECLAA, Angleterre; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.TBA21, Autriche.

Interview Exclusive avec Sandra Ramos

Sandra Ramos a répondu aux questions d’Uprising Art à l’occasion de la 55e Biennale de Venise où nous effectuons un reportage sur la présence d’artistes contemporains caribéens. Elle présente sa pièce Italia – Los Balcanes et son projet plus ample sur l’étude de ponts, comme points de connexion entre des espaces distanciés, conflictuels, et pourtant unis par des croisements, des entrelacs.

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Œuvres de l’artiste

Sandra Ramos | Habana Mirage (Ballena)

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Sandra Ramos | Serie “Travel to the american dream… ( future)”

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Sandra Ramos | The Closest Point

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