Traces AIR Antwerpen

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Oct 2018 to Dec 2018
1978 lives and works in Guatemala City

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa is invited for a residency of three months in AIR Antwerpen in collaboration with Museum M in Louvain. During Playground Festival 2019 Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa presents his new performance, created during the residency.

The art practice of Ramírez-Figueroa exists dreamlike scenes that build on references to literature, folklore, magic and childhood memories. His performances use sculpture to transfigure everyday images and objects into symbolic tableaux that engage with fantasy and allegory. His work is both playful and alluding to tragic or traumatic events relating to the social and political climate of present-day Guatemala. Using performance, sound, drawing and sculpture, Ramírez-Figueroa's work conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, displacement and cultural resistance. The Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996) is a recurring subject in his work, which although often softened by an absurd and humorous approach, fails to conceal the force of history that precedes it.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa was invited for the following solo exhibition (a selection) : The house at Kaniwal, New Museum, New York, 2018; Shit Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon, 2017; The Green Ray, daadgalerie, Berlin, 2017 ; Linnaeus in Tenebris, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain, Bordeaux, 2017 ; Two Flamings Copulating on a Tin Roof, Haus Esters, Krefeld Kunstmuseum, Krefeld. His works were on view in the Venice Biënnial 2017, Incerteza Viva, 32 Bienal de Sao Paulo, 2016 ; God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks, London, 2015 ; Rendez-Vous, 13th Biennale de Lyon, 2015 ; Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, 2014 ; A Chronicle of Interventions, Tate Modern, London, 2014 ; Illy Present Future, Castello di Rivoli, Torino, 2013 ; Beber y Leer El Arcoiris, Casa America, Madrid, 2012 ; Home Works IV, Ashkal Alwan, Beiroet, 2008 ; 53rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage, Oberhausen, 2007. ,