The Quarantine Tapes

The Quarantine Tapes 118: Ramsess

Episode Summary

“What was happening twenty, thirty, forty years ago--it seems like if you don’t know your history, you tend to repeat it again. Some of the things that were happening then are happening now, except I think people are becoming more conscious and aware of how important it is to know the things that are around their history and the social conditionings.”

Episode Notes

Paul Holdengräber is joined by Los Angeles-based artist Ramsess on episode 118 of The Quarantine Tapes. Ramsess speaks about the early days of his art career in Leimert Park, telling stories about the jazz musicians and other artists that surrounded him. He also discusses how he believes that people are becoming more and more aware of the necessity of knowing history, which has long been a core goal of his artistic practice.

Ramsess contributed a piece to the Onassis Foundation’s ENTER project. His Quilted Masks video shows how Ramsess made and distributed beautiful, brightly colored masks to community members. He explains about how this project embodies his artistic practice by creating something that is simultaneously a work of art and a protective object to help keep people safe.