Camilo Ramirez was born in Santa Monica, California and raised in Bogota, Colombia as well as various cities throughout California, Texas and in Miami, Florida. He holds a B.F.A. in Photography from Florida International University and an M.F.A. in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship Grant in 2009 and an Emerson Faculty Advancement Fund Grant in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded an Emerson Consumer Awareness Project Grant, a ArtWorcester Biennial Juror’s Prize, a Review Santa Fe 100 invitation and is the winner of the BOAAT Press Photography Competition. His work has been featured in The Boston Globe, Aint-Bad Magazine and in a limited edition monograph published by BOAAT Press in 2015. Camilo currently lives and works in Boston, MA where he is S.P.E. Northeast Regional Vice Chair and Assistant Professor of Photography at Emerson College.
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Although he has lived with Polio since he was a toddler, my father began showing symptoms of Parkinson’s disease nearly ten years ago. My mother had been fighting her Multiple Sclerosis for nearly ten years at that point. They once worked together in Physical Therapy caring for patients in their own homes, but now they are mostly immobile and care for each other with help from myself and my siblings.
Their long diseases and treatments have been familiar companions in my family and I believe they have helped make us seekers for an understanding of what lies beyond the body and the present. Be it religious, scientific and even metaphysical beliefs, there has been a wide and open search for ways to reason and hence contain the chaos that these diseases brought. I find myself weighing the mythologies we’ve explored over years against the realities of caring for sick loved ones. Certain aspects of their abilities and disabilities, the physical distance between us, their diseases, our home and the emblems of my family's history have become touchstones for my photographs and for my understanding of all the changes.