The Atlantic Center of Modern Art (CAAM) of Gran Canaria presents the exhibition Know Us, of Canarian artist Yapci Ramos, a project curated by the historian Yolanda Peralta that gathers in the CAAM-San Antonio Abad space a selection of works of photography, video and sound art, in which he tries to answer questions about the construction of his identity.
Yapci Ramos (La Laguna, 1977) lives and works between Barcelona, Tenerife and New York, and spends his time in different cities, many of them in Africa and Latin America, where he has developed outstanding artistic research projects.
After 20 years of professional experience, Yapci Ramos opened its first solo show in the Canary Islands in 2018, Show Me, at the TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, with which an exhibition trilogy began, which is completed this year with the project, Know us, in the CAAM, and with Welcome Her, which opens on March 22 at the headquarters of Casa África in the capital of Gran Canaria.
The artist trained in photography at the Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design in London and in creation documentary at Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona. He has participated in exhibitions held art centers, galleries, fairs and national and international biennials. Ramos was one of the artists that was part of the great exhibition project that, under the title Lucy's iris Contemporary African artists, It was exhibited in 2017 at the CAAM.
Starting from an inquiry about the autobiographical, Yapci Ramos tries to answer questions about the construction of identity. In Know Us "the artist involves the viewer in the development of 'we': Why are we how are we? What weight can the family have over an individual? Is there an unconscious transgenerational legacy? "Explains the curator of the exhibition, Yolanda Peralta.
Based on this premise, the creator "embarks on a journey through her family photo album to discover and establish the keys to her identity, but also the links between it and the generational heritage, the geographical context and the sociocultural environment. selects family photographs, compares them, imitates and confronts them in a process that in turn becomes a way for self-knowledge. But the answers do not appear and instead encounters and dialogues with the other arise.
They are those echoes of the past, those pieces of others that resonate within, those that the artist seeks to reveal in order to unravel a narrative in which past and present converge. The work of Ramos reveals, therefore, the complexity that underlies the configuration of the own identity, in this case in relation to the family analogy ", underlines the curator of the exhibition.