Born in the island of Tenerife in 1977, Yapci Ramos lives and works between Barcelona, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and New York.
She studied at Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts & Design London (CSM). Master in Documentary of Creation at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.
Yapci Ramos has taken part in a large number of international contemporary art biennials in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa: 8ème Rencontres Africaines de la Photographie, Bamako (2009); II Trienal de Luanda (2010) (artist-in-residence); First Biennale Encounter of Contemporary Caribbean Art, Aruba (2012) (artist-in-residence); 7th Bienal de Sao Tomé e Príncipe (2014); V Bienal de Honduras (2014) (only non-Honduran artist); IX Bienal de Artes Visuales del Istmo Centroamericano – BAVIC, Guatemala (2014).
Since her beginnings as an artist, her practice has examined contemporary art’s systems of representation through the mediums of photography, video and installation. Her early work addressed the complex interactions that define the subject in relation to the other and to otherness. Her photographs pose many questions concerning key concepts in the construction of the subject as gender, body and identity. In 2009 she began to implement a working methodology predicated on travelling and on the dynamics of interrelation and dialogue with and immersion in differing social contexts.
In 2011, together with the American musician and composer Barbara Held, she co-founded Share the Applause, a multimedia collective exploring the relationship between moving image and sound which has worked on many projects including “Senses of Place” at Reial Cercle Artístic in Barcelona, LOOP Festival 2015. She has also run interdisciplinary projects. From 2009 to 2013, she was director of TDF Tenerife Design Festival.
Her work has been shown in museums, art centers, galleries, festivals and institutions in many countries, including: CAAM, Centro de Arte Moderno, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, NYC; Reial Cercle Artístic de Barcelona; CCCB Centre de Cultura Contemporània, Barcelona; Fundación Suñol, Barcelona; CCET Centro Cultural de España, Tegucigalpa, Honduras; MIN Museo para la Identidad Nacional, Tegucigalpa; TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Tenerife; Museo Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo – MIAC, Lanzarote; Centro de Arte Juan Ismael, Fuerteventura; Experimental Intermedia Foundation, NYC; Fundação Carlos Delfim Neves, São Tomé; Museo de la Naturaleza y el Hombre, Tenerife; DA2-Domus Artium 2002, Salamanca; Foundation INSIGHT for the Arts, Aruba; Na Solyanke Gallery, Moscow; Fundação Sindika Dokolo, Luanda; Centro de Arte La Regenta, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria; CAMM, Conservatoire des Arts et Métiers Multimédia, Bamako, Mali.
She has been an artist in residence at The Fountainhead, Miami, during 2018