Letícia Ramos: everything seems very impossible

Leticia Ramos

Leticia Ramos is an art-scientist; an archaeologist who moves through the centuries studying inventions and the ways in which they represent the world. From historical events and natural phenomena, she builds symbolic connections between politics, science, and imagination where future and past merge into one. In her precise investigation regarding analogue photography, she uses sculpture, scale models and special effects to create imaginary landscapes, narratives and fabulations that are formalized in photography, film, and installation art.

Her works have been exhibited in spaces such as the Tate Modern, Moreira Salles Institute, Itaú Cultural, Fundación Iberê Camargo, Berardo Collection Museum, CAPC Musée d’art Contemporain (Bordeaux), Pivô Art Center; and can also be found in collections such as Fundación Botín, Itau Cultural, Noveo Musee de Monaco, Museum of Modern Art São Paulo - Rio de Janeiro and Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo.

Marta Ramos-Yzquierdo

Ramos-Yzquierdo is an independent curator (although part of ICI New York), with a degree in Art History from the Universidad Complutense and a Masters in Cultural Management from the Instituto Ortega y Gasset. From 2003 to 2015 she lived in Chile and Brazil, where she worked in different institutions and media. Back in Spain, she has been the director of LOOP Barcelona 2017, a resident at the Royal Academy of Spain in Rome (2018-2019) and is currently professor of Curatorial Practices for the master’s degree at the Escuela SUR in Madrid (Carlos III Univ., Círculo Bellas Artes), a position she combines with regular collaborations in El Cultural and the magazine a-desk.org.

Her main line of work —which she has developed in projects and exhibitions in Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Spain, Italy, Mexico, and the U. K.— focuses on the analysis of power structures and the possibilities of exerting influence on them through the practice of contemporary art while, at the same time, studying the modes of perception and temporal, socio-political and economic conceptions.


Length: 29m 55s

Para um pesquisador da natureza, não é difícil simular um fenômeno

For a Researcher of Nature, It Is Easy to Simulate Phenomena

Letícia Ramos

  • 2018
  • 07:41
  • Brazil

This cinematic experiment recreates the formula found in Immanuel Kant's book, Writings on the Lisbon Earthquake, in which he describes the chemical process for simulating an earthquake: "It is not difficult for an investigator of Nature to simulate these phenomena. Let us take twenty-five pounds of iron filings, and another twenty pounds of sulphur, and mix them with ordinary water. We then bury the mixture a foot or a foot and a half deep and tamp the earth over it. After a few hours, thick smoke will appear, the earth will tremble, and flames will burst out from the ground".

Spanish Premiere

ERBF-Câmera Instantâneo Sequencial (1,2,3,4)

ERBF-Sequential Snapshot Camera (1,2,3,4)

Letícia Ramos

  • 2007
  • 04:26
  • Brazil

Using a 35mm cinematographic pinhole camera with 24 perforations —built by the artist— the project ERBF captures unusual panoramic images of the city of São Paulo, having as main target the cell phone towers. This process results in 5 one minute films portraying the “city of towers.”

Spanish Premiere

A Noite Azul

The Blue Night

Letícia Ramos

  • 2017
  • 05:31
  • Brazil

Around 1827, Hercule Florence wrote “Viagem Fluvial do Tietê ao Amazonas“ in his logbook, describing a region of abrupt rock formations near São Geronimo Mountain. During a hazardous trip climbing up and down waterfalls, Hercule took a moment to observe and draw the amazing landscape. It was probably the most magical moment in his journey. The film The Blue Night reconstructs the movement of stars, clouds, and shadows behind those emblematic Chapada Diamantina stones. Influenced by “tableaux transparent“ and stereo pictures, the film recreates an imaginary night lost in time and space.

Spanish Premiere



Letícia Ramos

  • 2016
  • 07:37
  • Brazil

The film tells the story of a human colony on an unknown planet where an old cereal silo was built. Natural phenomena and changes in the weather cause the silo to break, and a strange plantation grows. The film won the Joaquim Nabuco Foundation "Videoart Award". The artist developed mockups and manipulated microscopic file images to complete the project in an open studio in PIVÔ - Art and Research in São Paulo, Brazil.

Spanish Premiere

Futuro do Preterito

Future of the Past

Letícia Ramos

  • 2012
  • 04:40
  • Brazil

The film loop Future of the Past is part of Leticia Ramos’ Black Desert project, in which she continues her research into the creation of analogue fictions that are totally scientific in appearance. This operation, in which the unreal becomes plausible, allows the artist to question the construction of history and our relationship with perception and memory. By exploring a landscape that is evocatively otherworldly and, at the same time, very limited in its potential to harbour human life (volcanic territories, icy plateaus, etc.), Ramos —in the manner of a marvellous adventure— brings us closer not so much to the unknown, but to how we face it.

Spanish Premiere