1. Introduction
      2. Trajectory
      3. Texts
      4. Documentation
      Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

      Introduction

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      1. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, ‘Mariachi Histrionics’, (2006)
    1. For If I Can’t Dance’s Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016), Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa has been commissioned to produce a cycle of new performance works.

      Through these performances, Ramírez-Figueroa will attempt to exhaust his interest in the Guatemalan Civil War as the recurring subject of his work. Waged from 1960 to 1996, the Guatemalan Civil War was fought between the government of Guatemala and leftist rebel groups who were supported by ethnic Mayan indigenous people and Ladino peasants, and is infamous for the genocide against the Mayan population and for widespread human rights violations against civilians.

      Across punctuated moments through out the Edition, Ramírez-Figueroa will use his body and direct action to perform a series of images related to the history of the Guatemalan Civil War. Through this, Ramírez-Figueroa will approach the Civil War from a personal position, often softening it through abstraction and humour, while attempting through the intensity of the performance schedule to push beyond the force of the collective and inscribed memory of its history. At the cycle’s conclusion, the performances will form a series of “images” that will come together as some kind of whole.

      Ramírez-Figueroa’s new work is commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), CAC (Vilnius), KW (Berlin), If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Playground (STUK & M, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London) – www.corpus-network.org. Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


    2. Biography

      Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978, Guatemala City, Guatemala) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Using theatre, drawing, literature and sculpture, Ramírez-Figueroa’s work conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, identity and displacement. 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. Ramírez-Figueroa has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Rendez-Vous, 13th Lyon Biennale, 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 América, Madrid (2012); Home Works IV, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut (2008); and 53rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Oberhausen, (2007). He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Franklin Furnace award, and an Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship (selected by Dan Graham). He attended the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2013. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

    1. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa is one of four artists commissioned by If I Can’t Dance to produce a new work as part of Edition VI – Event and Duration (2015–2016). Using theatre, drawing, literature and sculpture, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s work conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, identity and displacement.

      Across the duration of Edition VI, Ramírez-Figueroa will develop a cycle of new performances that attempt to exhaust his interest in the Guatemalan Civil War as the recurring subject of his work.

      Ramírez-Figueroa’s new work is commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), CAC (Vilnius), KW (Berlin), If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Playground (STUK & M, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London). Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

      1. EXHIBITION

        16 November – 19 November 2017

        Illusion of Matter, The Print of Sleep, Mimesis of Mimesis, and Linnæus in Tenebris

        Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
        Playground, Leuven
      2. exhibition and performance

        18 May – 24 September 2017

        Linnæus in Tenebris

        Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
        CAPC musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux
      3. performance and screening

        9 July – 13 July 2017

        Edition VI – Event and Duration: Brazilian Tour

        Peter Pál Pelbart, Alejandra Riera, Ueinzz Theatre Company, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Joke Robaard
        Espaço Itaú de Cinema Augusta, São Paulo, Casa do Povo, São Paulo and Fundaj – Arte Contemporânea, Recife
      4. Performance

        24 November 2016

        Mimesis of Mimesis

        Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
        Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam
      5. Finale

        24 November – 11 December 2016

        Edition VI – Event and Duration - Finale

        Leonor Antunes, Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich, Alex Martinis Roe, Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Peter Pál Pelbart and Ueinzz Theatre Company, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Joke Robaard, and guests Jon Mikel Euba, Alejandra Riera, Michele Rizzo
        Various locations and venues in the east of Amsterdam Centrum
      6. PERFORMANCE

        30 April 2016

        The Print of Sleep

        Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
        KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin
      7. INTRODUCTORY EVENT

        24 January 2016, 12 – 6.30pm

        Event and Duration Introduction

        Leonor Antunes, Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich, Alex Martinis Roe, Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Peter Pál Pelbart, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Joke Robaard, Vivian Ziherl
        Cygnus Gymnasium, Vrolikstraat 8 (off the Wibautstraat), 1091 VG Amsterdam
      8. NEW EDITION ANNOUNCEMENT

        2015–2016

        Edition VI – Event and Duration

        Leonor Antunes, Erin Alexa Freedman and Lili Huston-Herterich, Alex Martinis Roe, Fred Moten and Wu Tsang, Peter Pál Pelbart, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Joke Robaard, Vivian Ziherl
      9. performance

        3 December 2015, 8pm (GMT)

        Illusion of Matter

        Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
        BMW Tate Live: Performance Room, Tate Modern, London
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