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Yvette Ramírez

March 8, 2014

What is your name?

Yvette Ramírez

 

What’s your position with The LP?

Program Associate.

 

In what neighborhood do you live?

Elmhurst, Queens

 

So, what attracted you to The LP? How does working here relate to your professional goals?

I really connected to the LP’s mission of building community through arts and culture. Growing up in Queens, I can definitely say it was my interactions with art where I genuinely for the first time felt empowered and engaged with my surroundings and most importantly myself. Eventually I want to continue creating and building spaces where art and social justice go in hand in hand in addressing issues affecting our communities especially within young women of color. I think The LP is the perfect place to continue that work!

 

Do you have your own creative practice? If so, tell us more!

For a long time my creative practice, which is photography and mixed media, has been more of a low key thing especially as something I would do when I would feel overwhelmed. In the last few years, especially during my time abroad in Europe and Bolivia, I began to document stories within migrant Bolivian communities in the suburbs of Barcelona and in Geneva, where relatives of mine lived, through photography. I’m looking to continue to document narratives within my community especially focusing on the intersection of gender and identity.

 

Can you tell us about an artist or project that has inspired you?

“Portrait of a Generation” is a participatory photography project by JR where he converts full frame portraits of young people from immigrant and working class Parisian suburbs in Clichy-sous-Bois into full sized posters that are put all over the center of Paris. It really spoke to me because it challenged the social and media representation that portrayed them negatively and made people really stop and question these perceptions formed by stereotypes and the media.

 

What is your favorite… film?

A favorite film would be Pedro Almodóvar’s Talk to Her…I have a lot of favorite films so I couldn’t make myself pick just one!

 

…album?

My favorite album would definitely be hands down Lauryn Hill’s Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

 

…food?

My favorite food…hmm this one is tough being Latina and growing up in Queens where there is delicious and authentic food left and right…pupusas, dim sum, tamales, arepas… this list can go on and on…

 

Where do you do your laundry?

At home.

 

In your opinion, why does art matter?

Art is powerful and is in itself accessible as anyone can engage with it, create …it’s an organic process with no rules or restrictions. Art also empowers and can bring about transformative healing within our communities, one’s history and oneself.

 

Do you have a website?

http://alcentro.tumblr.com/