Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa: The House at Kawinal
June 6 - September 9, 2018
Working in performance, sculpture, drawing, and printmaking, Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa creates dreamlike scenes that build on references to literature, folklore, magic, and childhood memories. Though the artist’s works often exude a sense of whimsy and playfulness, they also allude to tragic and traumatic events that have shaped the social and political climate of present-day Guatemala.
The House at Kawinal at the New Museum marked the artist’s first solo exhibition in the US, presenting a recent performance for video, Life in his Mouth, Death Cradles her Arm (2016), together with a new body of sculptures inspired in part by the artist’s research into the effects of the construction of the Chixoy Hydroelectric Dam in Guatemala in the early 1980s. A catalogue, co-published with Kunsthalle Lissabon, accompanied the exhibition.