Is It Morning For You Yet?58th Carnegie International


Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (b. 1978, Guatemala City; lives in Guatemala City) holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a research fellow at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht in 2013. Using performance, sound, drawing, and sculpture, Ramírez-Figueroa conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, displacement, and cultural resistance. The Guatemalan civil war 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. He has participated in various solo and group exhibitions, including Asymmetries, The Power Plant, Toronto; At Small Arms, Toronto Biennial of Art; The Sixth State, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; The Guardian of the Forest, Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City; The House of Kawinal, New Museum, New York; Shit Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon; Linnæus in Tenebris, CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain, Bordeaux; VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th Venice Biennale; Incerteza Viva, 32 Bienal de São Paulo; God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks, London; Rendez-Vous, 13th Lyon Biennale; Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale; A Chronicle of Interventions, Tate Modern, London; Home Works IV, Ashkal Alwan, Beirut; and 53rd Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, the Mies van der Rohe prize, the Franklin Furnace award, an Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship (selected by Dan Graham), and the DAAD Berlin Artists-in-Residence fellowship.

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Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, Corazón del espantapájaros (Heart of the scarecrow), 2016, video still, courtesy of Proyectos Ultravioleta and the artist