Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (born and lives in Guatemala City, Guatemala) received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, Vancouver and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Working in drawing, performance, sculpture and video, Naufus explores his displacement during and following the Guatemalan Civil War of 1960–1996. Borrowing from the languages of folklore, science fiction and theatre, he reframes historical events and protagonists in his work.
Location: Small Arms Inspection Building (2019)
This project was sparked by a single image—an 1830s painting by Johann Friedrich Waldeck—of a man striding up a mountain with a chair strapped to his back, carrying another man who is clothed in white with delicate boots. These chairs, called silleros, were used in colonial-era Guatemala and neighbouring regions…