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Affect Through Distance - Solo Exhibition by Velvet Zoé Ramos
10 September - 21 October 2021
Our direct access to information and heavy reliance on images have created a sort of collapse in our understanding and relation to the other. What is our relationship with these sights of suffering? How real are they to us, and how do they affect us? Does it spurs us into action, or are we just bystanders?
This question extends to the producers of (visual) material with suffering as subject matter. Local artist Velvet Zoé Ramos explores the ways she can engage with social themes such as world hunger, nostalgia, and loss through her artistic practice. She emphasizes the importance of (re)presenting "the Other" ethically. Ramos delves into our moral code by reflecting our understanding of empathy, the other, and memory.
This exhibition is an invitation to explore our relationship with the misfortunes of others through Ramos' own search through her artistic practice.
Curated by Ana Maria Hernandez
About Velvet Zoé Ramos
Velvet Zoé Ramos (b.1988, Aruba) is an interdisciplinary visual artist living and working in Aruba. Her work focuses on how we relate to one another and ourselves by exploring human mechanisms such as empathy, memory, and constructions of narratives. Ramos uses a wide range of techniques, from print-making to video works, and touches on themes like social and economic imbalance, human mobility (migration), representation, and nostalgia.
Ramos graduated in 2011 with a BA Honours in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins, London, UK. Ramos has participated in several exhibitions as well as site-specific and community projects. This year, she participated in the group exhibition of PAN: Dios su artistanan (den tempo di Covid) at Ateliers '89 and will be representing Aruba in a group show at the Mykonos Biennale 2021.
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