Alternative reality: Sara Ramo’s blurred boundaries

Spanish artist Sara Ramo (b.1975) recently presented new works, including videos, photographs and sculptures – at Galeria Fortes Vilaça in Sao Paolo. The works in Os Ajudantes (The Helpers) blur the boundaries between reality and fiction. In one video, twelve masked creatures wander through a dark landscape, playing musical instruments. Under the flickering light of bonfires, their appearance comes and goes, lending the video a mysterious atmosphere. Bereft of any narrative, we are left pondering the reality of these odd creatures, which at times appear familiar and at other times, completely foreign.

In the series Matriz e a Perversão da Forma (Matrix and the Perversion of Form), the artist presents sculptures made of dental stone. Each piece is a mixture of the real – its material is something we recognize – but the shape is unfamiliar. As in the video, we are confronted with fragments of a whole, which has a distancing effect on the viewer.

Sara Ramo was born in 1975 in Madrid, Spain, and currently lives and works between the city of her birth and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Her work figures in various important collections, including those of MAM in Rio de Janeiro, Instituto Cultural Itaú in São Paulo, and Fundacione Casa di Risparmio di Modena in Italy).

Photo credits: Sara Ramo. Matrizea Perversãoda Forma (Casca Laranja), 2015. Dental stone and pigment. 3 pieces: 73x 50x 75cm/ 27x 76x 63/ 72x 64x 44cm. Photo: Eduardo Ortega. Courtesy Galeria Fortes Vilaça.