MARS Video Exchange  


As part of an exchange with Melbourne-based gallery MARS, Metro Arts will present the work of three innovative Melbourne video artists: Stephen Haley, Hannah Raisin and Diego Ramirez, and curated by Amanda Camp. In November 2019, a selection of Brisbane artists, curated by Metro Arts, will be exhibited in the Black Box, the dedicated video projection space at MARS, Melbourne.

The four video works exhibited at Metro Arts, by three distinctive artists, are united by an interest in our physical environments. Stephen Haley’s new video work Fugue State(2019) uses computer-generated modelling to fly-through abstractions of shopping centres, cityscapes and housing development. In contrast to the disembodied gaze of Haley’s work, Hannah Raisin and Diego Ramirez emphasises bodily engagements with our surroundings. Raisin’s works Soak I and SOAK II show the artist traversing a waterfall, before plunging into the water, capturing the visceral enveloping of the body by the environment. Ramirez’s work, aXolotl’s Happiness, again emphasises the body, and the banality of our interactions within the domestic space, even as this body enters the realm of the fantastic.

There will also be additional FREE events on 18th May as part of BAD 2019, including an artist talk and screening – ALL WELCOME!

Screening of Postcard eXotica by Diego Ramirez / Saturday 18th May, 1pm in Metro Arts Gallery 2
Postcard eXotica is a 30 minute cinematic re-enactment of a collection of vintage American postcards produced circa 1900-1930s that depict Mexican stereotypes. The work seeks to think through the Western gaze by approaching the pictures as movie scenes and revealing the condition of their making – particularly the way they are scripted, staged, lit and filmed. In a broader manner, the video pastiches early cinema, contemporary pop and horror to trace the ways in which these ideas manifest today.

Artist Talks / Saturday 18th May, 2-3pm in Metro Arts Gallery
Meet and hear from the studio artists and visiting artists at Metro Arts. Join Hailey Atkins for a casual tour of her exhibition and hear about the ideas and processes that inform her practice. Following the tour, join local artist Anastasia Booth, and visiting Melbourne-based artist Diego Ramirez as part of an in-conversation series.


Gallery 2


8 May – 25 May 2019

Image credit: Diego Ramirez. ‘Postcard eXotica’ 2016. HD Video 30 minutes Edition of 5 + 2AP. Courtesy the artist and MARS (Melbourne).


Hannah Raisin

After completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2007, Hannah Raisin returned for Honours in 2012. For a decade she has continued to engage her playful and subversive performance based practice in numerous group shows, solo exhibitions and other forums throughout Australia. In 2013 and 2014 Raisin was the recipient of Art Start and New Work Grants from the Australia Council, which funded a self-directed arts program throughout various locations in regional and urban Australia. In early 2017, Raisin undertook an Asialink Arts residency to Bangalore, India where she produced the video work Spectrum. Raisin has recently been curated into group show Unfinished Buisness: Perspectives on Art and Feminism at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) with her video work‘Fold.

Stephen Haley

Stephen Haley is a painter and digital media artist who has an extensive exhibition history – both nationally and internationally – and has won a number of national art prizes for painting. Selected awards and research grants include Australia Council’s New Work Grant, their LA Residency, an Arts Vic Project Grant, and most recently The Rupert Bunny Fellowship in 2016. Haley is also a writer and is published in a wide range of forums.

Diego Ramirez

Diego Ramirez is an emerging multidisciplinary artist and writer. He works primarily with video and other forms of media in the pursuit of developing installation projects for gallery contexts. His research based practice seeks to reconfigure representations of racial difference in lens based media. Ramirez’s most recent work is prompted by found images that embody the fear and desire that characterises projections of the Other. Indeed, his research interests are currently being developed in two streams of practice; delegated performances scripted for cinematic videos and pictures produced with vector graphics. The first attempts to think through the way in which the body is staged and the latter the manner in which it is designed. Neither idealist nor entirely cynical, the artist’s goal is to scramble the script that dictates power relations in visual culture. Ramirez’s method is best described as active reading, a calculated effort to generate alternative and counter readings of dominant texts. This methodology intends to provoke moments of recognition in which the mechanisms of the text become apparent and null.


We’re BAD | This event is part of BRISBANE ART DESIGN (BAD) 2019, an initiative of Museum of Brisbane.