Diego Ramirez is an artist and writer. He works primarily with video and pictures to develop installation projects for gallery contexts. His research based practice deals with the legacies of colonialism in visual culture and the production of difference. Key areas of interest include the rhetoric of the image; the meaning making of fear and desire; and media mediation. As an artist, he seeks to reconfigure vernacular archives and popular images that embody these themes. While his writing focuses on reviews, catalogue essays and articles dealing with similar ideas.
Ramirez completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT University (Melbourne) and an Honours Degree of Fine Arts at Monash University (Melbourne). He is represented by [MARS] Gallery (Melbourne).
He has held solo exhibitions and screenings at ACMI: Studio 1 (Melbourne); MARS Gallery (Melbourne); Adelaide College of the Arts: Light Square (Adelaide); FELTspace (Adelaide); Sawtooth ARI (Launceston); Seventh Gallery (Melbourne); The Substation (Melbourne); Blindside ARI (Melbourne); Kings ARI (Melbourne); First Site Gallery (Melbourne); and RMIT School of Art Gallery (Melbourne).
His group presentations have taken place at local and international spaces such as Art Central Hong Kong (Hong Kong); Torrance Art Museum (Los Angeles); WRO Media Art Biennale (Wroclaw); Hong-Gah Museum (Taipei); ACMI (Melbourne); Hazelhurst Regional Gallery (Sydney); Careof (Milan); Blindside ARI (Melbourne); Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre (Sydney); The Substation (Melbourne); Middleback Arts Centre (Whyalla); NCCA (Darwing); NAS Gallery (Sydney); Fremantle Arts Centre (Fremantle); and Incinerator Gallery (Melbourne).
His group screenings include festivals and venues such as EXiS (Seoul); La Neomudéjar (Madrid); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taipei); Currents New Media Festival (New Mexico); Festival Internacional de la Imagen (Manizales); Medrar for Contemporary Art (Cairo); File 2014 (Sao Paulo); Channels Video Art Festival (Melbourne); Video Art Review (touring screening in Poland); Festival Les Instants Video (Paris); Miami New Media Festival (Miami); Galerie du Genie de la Bastille (Paris); Kuala Lumpur Experimental Film & Video Festival (Kuala Lumpur); Experiments in Cinema Film Festival (New Mexico); South Texas Underground Film Festival (Texas); and WNDX Winnipeg’s Festival of Film and Video Art (Winnipeg).
Ramirez's writing has been featured in A+a: Art and Australia (Melbourne); Runway Journal (Sydney); Critical Contemporary Culture Journal (London); The Article (Melbourne); Fragmented Magazine (Melbourne); *dumb brun(ette) (Melbourne) and in catalogue essays for Bus Projects (Melbourne); Nicholas Projects (Melbourne); Counihan Gallery (Melbourne); Kings ARI (Melbourne); Archive ARI (Sydney); Seventh Gallery (Melbourne); Five Walls (Melbourne); Rubicon ARI (Melbourne); and BLINDSIDE (Melbourne). He is co-founder of the discursive platform *dumb brun(ette) with Katie Paine.