Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

The House at Kawinal

Jun 6th — Sep 9th, 2018
New Museum, New York

Naufus Ramirez Figueroa

Installation view
Courtesy the artist; New Museum, New York; Mendes Wood DM, São Paulo, Brussels, New York; Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City; Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf
Photographer Maris Hutchinson, EPW Studio

Location

New Museum
New York

Curated by

  • Natalie Bell

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Working in performance, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978, Guatemala City, Guatemala) creates dreamlike scenes that build on references to literature, folklore, magic, and childhood memories.

Engaging fantasy and allegory, Ramírez-Figueroa’s installations combine sculpture and experimental theater to transfigure everyday images and objects into symbolic tableaux.
Though the artist’s works often exude a sense of whimsy and playfulness, they also allude to tragic and traumatic events that have shaped the social and political climate of present-day Guatemala.

The House at Kawinal,” the artist’s first solo exhibition in the US, will present a recent performance for video, Life in His Mouth, Death Cradles Her Arm (2016), together with a new body of sculptures inspired in part by the artist’s research into the effects of the construction of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam in Guatemala in the early 1980s.
To build the dam, the Guatemalan government forcibly displaced thousands of Achi Mayan people through brutal military-led massacres that wiped out villages throughout the Chixoy River Valley. The flooding caused by the dam also submerged the Late Mayan (1100–1524 AD) city of Kawinal, the ruins of which are now largely invisible and inaccessible.
For his New Museum installation, Ramírez-Figueroa presents a series of figurative works that suggest a lost and fragmented domestic space and evoke this violent displacement to reflect on its lasting impact on families, indigenous heritage, and the natural landscape.

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Contact

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