Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, ‘Life in His Mouth, Death Cradles Her Arm’, 2016. Video still.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, ‘Life in His Mouth, Death Cradles Her Arm’, 2016. Video still.

Thursday 22 February – Saturday 21 April 2018

‘Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers’

22 February–21 April 2018 / Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers / grunt gallery, Vancouver

For Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa solo exhibition at grunt gallery, Vancouver he will present for the first time, the complete collection of video works that document his performance cycle, Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers (2015–2017).

This cycle of works was produced as part of Ramírez-Figueroa commission with Corpus, and saw him use his body and direct action to perform six images related to the history of the Guatemalan Civil War at punctuated moments and locations across a three year period. In the works, Ramírez-Figueroa approached the Civil War from a personal position, softening images of it 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.

These videos are featured at grunt gallery as part of Capture Photography Festival, and the exhibition is curated by Glenn Alteen.

To accompany the exhibition, on 5 April 2018 at 7pm a publication of the same name will be launched in the company of the artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa and If I Can't Dance, I Don't Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution's director Frédérique Bergholtz and curator Susan Gibb.

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s cycle of performances, Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers was commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is: Bulegoa z/b, Bilbao; Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius: KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; If I Can’t Dance, Amsterdam; Playground, STUK and M - Museum Leuven; and Tate Modern, London. Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.