Ramona Ramlochand

(Quebec, Canada)

Ramona Ramlochand

The work of Ramona Ramlochand is concerned with questions of identity and place, and specifically, what the artist calls the “diasporic imagination” as expressed in digital imagery. Art historian Alice Ming Wai Jim explains that Ramlochand’s work questions “ways in which place – both real and imagined – is perceived, as mega-corporations join forces with new media technologies to advance the increasing digitization of the world … Inspired by her travels in Africa and Southeast Asia, her digital collages often juxtapose images from so-called Third World countries with those from industrialized countries. These collages enable her to create new geographical locations … rooted in ‘real’ experience but remembered as imagined moments.”

 Ramona Ramlochand was born in Guyana. Her art practice focuses on photography and video-based installations, inspired by travel in developing countries. Her collaborative projects include The Night Has a Thousand Eyes, with British artist Keith Piper; A Mazing Place, with photographer Diana Shearwood; and Distillation, with the contemporary classical music group Continuum. She has received several Canada Council and Conseil des arts et des lettres grants, and her work is held in several public collections, including the Museé du Quebec, the Canada Council Art Bank, and the City of Ottawa. She has earned both a BFA (University of Ottawa) and an MFA (Concordia University), and she lives and works in Montreal.

Optica, Un centre d’art contemporain
5445 avenue de Gaspé, espace 106
514 874 1666
Ramona Ramlochand. White Desert
September 10, 2005 – October 15, 2005
Tuesday to Saturday 12:00-5:00pm
Opening Saturday September 10, 2005 at 2:30pm, the artist will be present

Ramona Ramlochand, White Desert (2005). Courtesy of the artist