Self Portrait on 8mm film. 2010, Spain. "Dark Horse"
Born in the Philippines, lives and works in Australia.
Melissa Ramos works with time base mediums, exploring the intrinsic essence of time and movement. Her artistic practice derives from examining the conflicts between nature and culture, in particular the issues of nature imparted by colonialism & modernity.
Melissa's ultimate inspiration is to challenge new modes of video art and become an ambassador for the category in Australia, focussing on inspiring others to explore the boundless manifestations of the moving image. From here she founded Dance Cinema Organisation.
Since graduating from University of Western Sydney Fine Arts & Electronic Arts, Melissa has exhibited extensively including a recent solo show at her country of birth, Manila, Philippines. GreenPapayaArtProjects.
She recently presented work at ISEA 2012, USA the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa; Japan, Copenhagen, Denmark, House of Dance Denmark, Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines , Berlin Asian Film Festival, Haus der Kulturen der Welt Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany.
2019 - Founding Director & curator of Dance Cinema
2016 - Artist in Residence in Copenhagen, Denmark May-June 2016. To assist Dancer Carolina Backman in completing the post production on 'My Body is Every Body'.
“I will have spent my life trying to understand the function of remembering, which is not the opposite of forgetting, but rather its lining. We do not remember, we rewrite memory, much as history is rewritten. How can one remember thirst?”