Book Launch: Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa's 'Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers' - April 5

Posted: Wed, 2018-02-21 17:12

Book Launch and Talk
Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa's Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers

April 5, 2018
7:00 - 9:00pm
grunt gallery
116 - 350 E 2nd Ave, Vancouver 

Curated by Susan Gibb
Writer: Frédérique Bergholtz (Director of IICDA)

grunt gallery is pleased to host the book launch of Guatemalan-Canadian artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa's Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers.

Written by Frédérique Bergholtz (Director of If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam), the book focuses on Figueroa's cycle of six documented video performance works. This series, called Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers, will be on view at grunt gallery from February 22 - April 21, 2018.

Curated by Susan Gibb, the works were commissioned by the Corpus Network and produced in association with If I Can't Dance, Amsterdam.

Using the body as direct action, the artist produces works that relate to the history of the Guatemalan Civil War from a personal position.

Using abstraction and humour, Figueroa presents intense performance pieces that investigate these collective memories and traumas.

Please join us on April 5, 2018, from 7:00 - 9:00pm for his book launch and accompanying talk.

About the Artist

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City. He was born in Guatemala City in 1978 and immigrated to Vancouver in the early 1980s.

In 2006 he received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and, in 2008, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2013.

He has had recent solo exhibitions at CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux; DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2017); and Gasworks, London (2015). Group exhibitions include São Paulo Biennial, Venice Biennale; LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); Lyon Biennial; and EFA Project Space, New York (2015).

He has participated in performance series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); and Tate Modern, London (2015). In recognition of his achievement, Ramírez-Figueroa was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award (2017); and a DAAD fellowship (2015-16).

grunt gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of The Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, BC Gaming and the City of Vancouver as well as our members, donors and sponsors.

This work was 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 and M - Museum Leuven; and Tate Modern, London. Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.