|Cuándo:||06 jun de 2018 - 09 sep de 2018|
|Inauguración:||06 jun de 2018|
|Dónde:||New Museum Of Contemporary Art / 235 Bowery. NY 10002 / Nueva York, New York, Estados Unidos|
|Comisariada por:||Natalie Bell|
|Organizada por:||New Museum|
|Artistas participantes:||Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa|
Engaging fantasy and allegory, Ramírez-Figueroa’s installations combine sculpture and experimental theater to transfigure everyday images and objects into symbolic tableaux. 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,” the artist’s first solo exhibition in the US, presents 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. To build the dam, the Guatemalan government forcibly displaced thousands of Achi Mayan people through brutal military-led massacres that wiped out villages throughout the Chixoy River Valley. The flooding caused by the dam also submerged the Late Mayan (1100–1524 AD) city of Kawinal, the ruins of which are now largely invisible and inaccessible. For his New Museum installation, Ramírez-Figueroa presents a series of figurative works that suggest a lost and fragmented domestic space and evoke this violent displacement to reflect on its lasting impact on families, indigenous heritage, and the natural landscape. Concurrent with his exhibition in the Lobby Gallery, three of the artist’s recent performances for video are on view as part of the Museum’s ongoing Screens Series, a platform for the presentation of video works by emerging contemporary artists. Collectively, these works share motifs of sleep and dream states as well as references to spirits and silent specters of the past.
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