Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa – Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers

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Exhibition Title: Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa – Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers

Artist: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Opening:

Exhibition Dates: February 22 – April 21, 2018

Event Dates:

Panel Discussion with Alma Ruiz, Sabeth Buchmann Peter Dickinson called Performing Intertextuality
The panel will discuss Naufus’ forthcoming project next year, Corazón del espantapájaros (Heart of the Scarecrow) (2019), and
and Richard Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens’ When the Guests Are Not Looking (Jan 20-Feb 17)

Book Launch with Susan Gibb, Curator, If I Can’t Dance Amsterdam and artist, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Event 3:

Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers 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.

Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers 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’t Dance Amsterdam, the series features the artist working solo and with an ensemble in an ethereal series of performances.

For Requiem, 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. The exhibit opens on February 22 and closes 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 lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City. He was born in Guatemala City in 1978 and immigrated to Vancouver in the early 1980’s. In 2006 he received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and, in 2008, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2013. He has had recent solo exhibitions at CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2017); and Gasworks, London (2015). Group exhibitions include São Paulo Biennial, Venice Biennale; LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); Lyon Biennial; and EFA Project Space, New York (2015). He has participated in performance series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); and Tate Modern, London (2015). In recognition of his achievement, Ramírez-Figueroa was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award (2017); and a DAAD fellowship (2015-16).

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s website

If I Can’t Dance Amsterdam website 

 

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