Dante's Journey/ El trayecto de Dante Marcos Ramirez ERRE, 2017 Scale Model (⅓) of a Proposed Sculpture for Public Space in Berlin The scale model inside the gallery is of a proposed sculpture which is conceived of as a kind of special and immovable vehicle that comes in the shape of a layer cake; a three-story illustration of the hypocritical and selective selection criteria that allows certain people the entry (and passage through borders), a privilege often awarded to those with economic power. The tunnels underneath, are reminiscent of the sewer tunnels where many (clandestine) migrant crossings are made. This level metaphorically corresponds with Dante's Inferno. On the next level above these tubes a flat platform is blocked by a fence that divides the space diagonally and disables its usage. This middle level refers to the increasing number of families fractured and divided when some family members are deported from the USA to Mexico. In Tijuana, families have to deal with the separation and reunite only through a metal wall at the border, while they are fighting for legal or physical reintegration. This level corresponds to Dante's purgatory. A set of stairs leads up to the third level. Visitors could take this step and climb with some effort - to a level of cultural acceptance, where a certain exported image of cultural paradise can be accessed (if you manage to take those steps). This is a level of comfort and privilege exemplified by Acapulco chairs and the "decorated setting of a reality that seems to ignore the suffering of those below. This level obviously corresponds to the segment of the population that is entitled to travel and migrate freely as long as they can prove that they are financially "stable" in other words they are rich enough to be anywhere they want. This last level corresponds to Dante's Paradise.
Marcos Ramirez ERRE 1961. Born in Tijuana, Baja California Mexico. Law Degree in the Universidad Autonoma de Baja California. In 1983 immigrated to the United States where he worked for 17 years in the construction industry. In 1989 (while still working in the construction sector) became active in the field of visual arts, since then he has participated in residencies, lectures and different individual and collective exhibitions in countries like Mexico, USA, Canada, Sweden, Poland, Germany, Russia China, France, Spain, Portugal, Cuba, Colombia, Puerto Rico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. And in major exhibitions like InSite94, InSite97, the VI and VII Havana Biennials, the Whitney Biennial 2000, the second Moscow Biennial, the San Juan Poly/Graphic Triennial, the 2007 Sao Paulo /Valencia Biennial, the California Biennial 08, the Zero One Biennial, The Site Santa Fe Biennial ,Made in California, Mexico Illuminated, From Baja to Vancouver, “Politica de la Diferencia, Arte Iberoamericano de fin de siglo”, Human/Nature, and ECO Contemporary Mexican Art, in the Centro Reina Sofia Museum in Spain, among others. In 2007 received a United States Artist fellowship, and since 2009 is a fellow member of Mexico’s National System of Art Creators.