View of “Enrique Ramírez,” 2014.

View of “Enrique Ramírez,” 2014.

Enrique Ramírez

Michel Rein | Paris

View of “Enrique Ramírez,” 2014.

For his first solo exhibition in France, “Cartografías para navegantes de tierra” (Cartographies for Navigators of the Earth), Enrique Ramírez, a Chilean artist based in Santiago and Paris, presented work that navigates the vast distances in between. Nearly all the works featured Ramírez’s writing—prayerlike Spanish prose—often set to the rhythm of waves.

La invención de América (The Invention of America), 2013, a Dacron sail made by the artist’s father and a separately framed text, functioned as a central icon. Inverting the worn triangular piece of material and containing it within a grid of twenty-seven thin metal frames, the artist transformed a symbol of passage into a schematic approximation of the South American landmass. The electric whir of Ramírez père’s sewing machine envelops Mapa de Viento (Wind Map), 2012, a video projection that presents the maritime artisan

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