Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa – The Corpus Cycle

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Exhibition Title: Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa – The Corpus Cycle

Artist: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Opening: February 21, 2018 7 PM - 9 PM

Exhibition Dates: February 21 – April 21, 2018

The Corpus Cycle will be an exhibition of Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s performance works captured on moving images. Various media pieces will be displayed in a retrospective of the artist works.

The Corpus Cycle is a series of documented video performances by Guatemalan artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. The series produced over the past two years feature a series of interrelated performances produced for the camera in different spaces. Commissioned by Corpus Network and headed by If I Can Dance Amsterdam the series features the artist working solo or with an ensemble in an ethereal series of performances.

For Corpus, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa developed a cycle of new performance works. Across the punctuated moments of the cycle, Ramírez-Figueroa used his body and direct action to perform a series of images related to the history of the Guatemalan Civil War. Approaching the Civil War from a personal position, he has softened these images through abstraction and humour, while attempting to use the intensity of the performance schedule to push beyond the immense force of the collective and inscribed memory of the war’s history. Beyond the live performances, the cycle of works form a collection of videos.

These videos will be featured at grunt gallery for Capture Photography Festival. Opening on February 21 at 7 PM and closing on April 21 the works will allow Vancouver Audiences to see the newest work by this always enthralling artist.


Curated by Glenn Alteen

Artist Biography:

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was born in Guatemala City in 1978. He received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, Vancouver, in 2006, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2013. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture, and video, Ramírez-Figueroa explores the entanglement of history and form through the lens of his own displacement during and following Guatemala’s civil war of 1960–96. Borrowing from the languages of folklore, science fiction, and theater, he reframes historical events and protagonists.

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