With a striking economy of means, Ramos enacts a close-up performance action: he blows up a balloon with his nostril until it bursts in his face. He then repeats the action with his other nostril. Alternating nostrils, he continues to blow up the balloon until it bursts. With each iteration his exhaustion visibly increases; he gasps for breath, almost to the point of passing out.
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About Anthony Ramos
Anthony Ramos is a performance and media artist, known best for using his art for political activism in the 1970s. Ramos pioneered the use of video art as a means of commenting on and criticizing mass media through appropriating and distorting found footage and images. In his own words, his works “attempt to develop a different perception of events” from “mass mediated ‘truth’.” He is particularly interested in African-American identity, global crises, and the dissemination of news through television. Allan Kaprow, with whom he studied and worked, was a major influence. In addition to his artistic pursuits, Ramos has also served as a video consultant to the United Nations and National Council of Churches. Late in his career, Ramos has shifted to painting as his primary medium.
American , b. 1944, Providence, Rhode Island, based in Eyguieres, France