The Chilean artist Enrique Ramírez, currently living and working in Paris, and dedicated to video art, is presenting his second solo show at Galerie Michel Rein in Paris.
“La Gravedad” is the title of the exhibition, where although could be understood many things from its various meanings, appeals to the attraction it is.
When the artist throws pieces of black paper into a clear and transparent sky, this force is at work to make them fall back to the ground – light, fragile, vaporous. In the same way, when playing on contraries, he lights up small white papers on a night black background, creating an even more hypnotic contrast. “For me, these papers are like souls thrown into the sky, ideas, contestations, silent voices (that have been made silent), they also evoke the spherical aspect of the world, the night which reigns here, whilst it is daytime elsewhere”.
With this the artista thinks about the circularity of the time and the “eternal return”, referring to the cyclical nature of things which cause events to repeat themselves again and again, whatever we do to stop this repetition.
It’s without a doubt this force which gives the most power to his work: That of the gravity of our present time, with no foreseeable future, that of a humanity incapable of understanding and learning from the mistakes (and horrors) of the past, inexorably advancing towards damage and an empty and insignificant existence. However, art seems to refuse to resign itself and Enrique’s works, like any work resorting to highly poetic images, involve the spectator by engaging their gaze, their thoughts.
In this way, once again Enrique Ramirez’ works honour not only his argumentative power and his ability to provide supports which stimulate the power of thought, but above all his undeniable ability to speak politics.
Text extract of Florencia Battiti
La Gravedad – Enrique Ramírez
October 20th, 2016 – December 17th, 2016
Galerie Michel Rein, 42 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris, France