Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa in conversation with Aimé Iglesias Lukin, director and chief curator of Visual Arts.
Join us live on Instagram from your cell phone, or watch here and on YouTube after, for a series of remote visits to artists' studios to bring Americas Society's Visual Arts public programs to your home. Every Wednesday this month, contemporary artists will dialogue with our Visual Arts department about their work and practice.
About the artist:
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. Guatemala, 1978) lives and works in Guatemala. He has a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and he was a researcher in Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2013. Using performance, sound, drawing, and sculpture, his work evokes representations that explore themes of loss, displacement, and cultural resistance. The Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996) is a recurring theme in his work, which fails to hide the force of the history that precedes it although it is softened with an absurd and humorous focus.
Ramírez-Figueroa has participated in various individual and group exhibitions, Asimetrías, The Powerplant Toronto (2020); At Small Arms, Toronto Biennal Of Art (2019); The House of Kawinal, New Museum, New York (2018); The Luminous Grid, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf (2018); Shit Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisboa (2017); The Green Ray, daadgalerie, Berlín (2017); Linnæus in Tenebris, CAPC musée d’art contemporain, Burdeos (2017); VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57a Bienal de Venecia, Venecia (2017); Two Flamingos Copulating on a Tin Roof, Haus Esters, Krefeld Kunstmuseum, Krefeld (2017); Incerteza Viva, 32 Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2016); God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks, London (2015); Rendez-Vous, 13a Bienal de Lyon, Lyon (2015); Burning Down the House, 10a Bienal de Gwangju, Gwangju (2014); A Chronicle of Interventions, Tate Modern, Londres, (2014); Illy Present Future, Castello di Rivoli, Torino (2013); Beber y Leer El Arcoiris, Casa América, Madrid (2012); Home Works IV, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2008); y 53ª Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen, (2007). He has received a Guggenheim grant, the Mies Van Der Rohe prize, a Franklin Furnace prize, an Akademie Schloss Solitude grant (selected by Dan Graham) and a DAAD Berlín grant for artists in residence.
More digital content from Visual Arts at Americas Society:
- Read the exhibition catalogue for Feliciano Centurión: Abrigo.
- Watch the documentary Feliciano Centurión: Abrazo Íntimo al Natural, directed by Mon Ross (2016).
- Watch videos of recent events:
Image caption: Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. Courtesy of the artist.