Ileana Ramírez Romero
The curatorial resident Ileana Ramirez Romero from Caracas, Venezuela is the director and founder of Tráfico Visual. This is a platform created in 2009 with the purpose of promoting contemporary art by Venezuelan and Latin American artists, as well as creating an archive and memory of the recent history of contemporary visual culture through essays, interviews, podcasts and audiovisual pieces. Ileana Ramirez Romero is a lawyer who graduated from the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB), but her affinity with visual culture led her to develop a professional career linked to the Visual Arts. Between July and September 2022, she carried out the research residency program with Tráfico Visual together with Rodrigo Figueroa at Kunstinstituut Melly (Rotterdam), with the aim of interviewing and mapping Latin American artists who live and work in the Netherlands. She worked as a Program Director of the Cisneros Foundation in Caracas/Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection (2015-2019). In 2018, she conceptualized and directed the 7th edition of the Fundación Seminario Cisneros Seminar. She coordinated the artistic and social project "Dwelling on the border", a joint initiative with groups of artists that was sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. She participated in the 45th National Salon of Artists of Colombia (2019) with the proposal "Crossing the line", a series of meetings, conferences, workshops and video art cycles at the Bogotá Cinematheque and managed the program of forums and interviews Zona de Despeje. She was a programming coordinator at the Los Galpones Art Center and a exhibition coordinator at Sala Mendoza.
She attended as a guest lecturer at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, New York, also at Williams Grad Art, NY, and EMPAC Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, NY. In 2022 she visited Documenta 15 (Kassel) and the 12th Berlin Biennale as part of the Goethe-Institut South America researchers program.
Ileana Ramirez Romeros stay in Basel is a cooperation project with Pro Helvetia South America, Ausstellungsraum Klingental and Atelier Mondial. In Basel she will approach the new environment and art scene from this starting point during her stay here. Curating in this case means focusing on art and culture topics in the Basel region and Switzerland, which are related to addressing the less visible discourses and languages of art. The exhibition at the Ausstellungsraum Klingental will be from the 21.10. - 05.11.2023.
Before her exhibition and event project can be seen here from 21 October, she invites all interested parties to a talk about her work and her project Tráfico Visual on Wednesday 20 September at 18:00.
Atelier Mondial Freilager-Platz 9 4142 Münchenstein
Origin: Caracas, Venezuela
Destination: Basel, Switzerland
Time period: 01.07.2023 - 30.11.2023
Programme type: Visual Arts
Grant type: Curator