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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.

NUMAX

Length: 25m 05s

Mão 2

Hand 2

Letícia Ramos

  • 2018
  • 01:30
  • Brazil

In The Resistance of the Body (the film series which includes Hand 2), Leticia Ramos creates a controlled environment to test the reactions of a body to activities linked to the manifestations of streets. Filming with cameras, dolls, and models, the artist tests the throwing of objects, the impact of water jets, and cell phone communication, simulating the visual repertoire of scientific studies, such as those made by American engineers Frank and Lilian Gilbreth. Retaking the studies of the efficiency of bodies made after the Industrial Revolution to increase workers’ productivity, the film questions the visual representation of violence and shows how images —some of them almost abstract— can serve as a form of real and symbolic oppression.

Spanish Premiere

Dropspike

Dropspike

Letícia Ramos

  • 2021
  • 05:00
  • Brazil

"In Dropspike, Leticia Ramos’ most recent film, a large glowing sphere inexplicably emerges amidst frozen mountains. A robotic voice announces that the sphere will appear simultaneously in different places as the ice melts. The addition of this strange element interrupting the monotony of the landscape, the sense of dilated time and an incomplete narrative generates an unsettling feeling that is difficult to classify: between the melancholic realization of our imminent end and the renewal of a link which cannot be rationally understood" (Fernanda Brenner).

European Premiere

Vostok

Vostok

Letícia Ramos

  • 2014
  • 07:30
  • Brazil

In 2012, scientists of the Russian research base Vostok succeeded in taking samples from a subglacial lake, 4 km below its frozen surface. These samples are “time capsules” from the era when the Antarctic continent began to freeze. It was a Russian Scientist who sent a miniature submarine into the cold waters of the subglacial lake, intrigued by the origin of life and the pre-historic deep ocean landscape. The resulting film is an investigation of the representation of underwater life in the South Pole, featuring sub-polar lakes, Russian submarines, the pre-glacial age, and the moons of Jupiter.

Spanish Premiere

Bitácora, (Vento Solar)

Loogbook (Solar Wind)

Letícia Ramos

  • 2012
  • 04:36
  • Brazil

The project was inspired by the Beaufort Scale and its peculiar visual descriptions of the effect of the wind on land and sea. To shoot the film, the artist built a specific camera, based on images of the first wooden submarines, polar explorations, and Polaroid technology. From three Polaroid cameras and six lenses used for still 3x4 pictures, the artist built his "wind camera" to register the arctic landscape.

Spanish Premiere

Null Island

Null Island

Letícia Ramos

  • 2020
  • 06:29
  • Brazil

Null Island was constructed using images from webcams located in the Dark Sector of the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in Antarctica. Live cameras provide one photograph every 90 seconds, which Ramos spent months capturing and then compiling into stop motion animation. The natural phenomena ocurring in the landscape is condensed: hours of film turn into seconds, revealing natural wonders that would be invisible to the naked eye because of the extended temporality. Null Island also contains footage shot by Ramos in Antarctica as well as images produced with models in her studio in São Paulo during lockdown. The film was comissioned by Jeu de Paume (Paris) and screened as part of the “Futurs d‘avant” programme in Jeu de Paume's "Espace Virtuel".

Spanish Premiere