For LISTE 2017, Proyectos Ultravioleta proposes a solo exhibition of recent work by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978, Guatemala City).
Including video, drawings, and sculpture, the presentation surveys Ramírez-Figueroa’s ongoing explorations of historical narrative through the circumstances of the body. In his most recent projects, the artist has looked to political histories of theater in Guatemala, recreating historical theatrical events with humor and pathos, and drawing from histories that overlap the personal with the national. His proposition--that intimacy both marks and
subverts our collective myth-making--reveals itself through investigations of dreams, architecture, abstraction, theater, and the spiritual.
After projects and performances in the 32nd São Paulo Bienal, the Tate Modern, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, and If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution in 2015 and 2016, Ramírez-Figueroa is becoming widely-recognized as a significant international voice. Matthew McClean, writing for Frieze magazine notes, “Ramírez-Figueroa exposes the established tropical imaginary as a more complicated, sometimes devastating, narrative of cultural interference, exploitation and exchange.” This exhibition presents excerpts from that ongoing exposé, offering viewers a curated overview of Ramírez-Figueroa’s most important works of the last years. In 2017 he received the Mies Van der Rohe Fellowship of the City of Krefeld, and as a result is currently exhibiting “Two Flamingos Copulating in a Tin Roof”, a solo exhibition at the Krefelder Kunstmuseen. Additionally, his work is currently featured in a solo exhibition at the CAPC musée d’art contemporarain de Bordeaux, and in the 57th Biennale di Venezia.