Exhibition CAAM - San Antonio Abad
Yapci Ramos Know Us
Since 14 March 2019 to 23 June 2019
Through an autobiographically inflected process of research, Yapci Ramos (Tenerife, 1977) endeavours to come up with answersto questions concerning the construction of identity. In Know Us the artist engages the spectator in a formation of a common “us.” Why are we the way we are? What weight does family have over an individual? Is there such a thing as a subconscious trans-generational legacy? From this point of departure, Ramos sets out on a journey into her family album to try to unravel the keys to her own identity, but also the links between that identity and a legacy inherited from previous generations, from her geographic context and her sociocultural environment.
With that purpose in mind, she has made a selection of family photos which she compares, imitates and confronts in a process that, in turn, becomes a path towards self-knowledge. However, instead of answers, what she comes across are encounters and dialogues with the other. What resonates inside her are echoes from the past, those fragments of others which the artist attempts to reveal for herself in order to disentangle a narrative in which past and present are intertwined. Accordingly, Ramos’s work lays bare the complexity that underlies the configuration of one’s own identity, in this case in relation with the analogy of the family.
Yapci Ramos studied photography at Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts & Design in London and creative documentary at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. Her work has been seen in exhibitions in galleries, art centres, art fairs and biennials in Spain and worldwide. She lives on the move between Barcelona, Tenerife and New York and other cities—in many cases in Africa—where she carries out most of her art projects. After a career in art of over twenty years, in 2018 she had her first ever solo show in the Canaries, Show Me (TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes), the first in a trilogy of exhibitions which concludes in 2019 with her projects Know Us, for Centro Atlántico de Arte Moderno-CAAM, and Welcome Her in Casa África.
Yolanda Peralta Sierra
Exhibition title: Know Us
Curator: Yolanda Peralta
Dates: 14.03.2019 to 23.06.2019
Place: CAAM - San Antonio Abad
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Spain.