Role Models is a video installation engaging with cosplayers and their practices, seeking to reflect on the power relations that unravel in their fanatic mimicry. Cosplay is a pop cultural activity that involves the performance of characters from media franchises including anime, videogames and comics. For Role Models, the artist interviewed two male cosplayers enacting personas that evoke hyperbolic gender stereotypes. This footage became the departure point for an animation and light boxes that delve into the complex dynamics of mirroring and projection that take place within cosplay.
Diego Ramirez (Mexico, 1989) is an artist working primarily with video, drawing and animation. His work is driven by an interest in identity and the body. In 2013 his work was exhibited in a solo show at Seventh Gallery (Aus) and featured at the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize (Aus), The Substation Art Prize (Aus), WRO 15th Media Art Biennale (Poland), Channels Video Art Festival (Aus) and Currents Santa Fe International New Media Festival (New Mx, USA).