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Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa


For the third year of Ticket Mécène®, the CAPC Musée has chosen an artwork made by Naufus Ramírez Figueroa, In Plain View.



Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
In Plain View,
Expanded polystyrene, resin and pigments
182 x 56 x 42 cm


The Artwork

The sculpture In Plain View is a work from the installation No sé como decir no sé (I don’t know how to say I don’t know). It represents a character tempting to hide in a hollow tree trunk. The character is betrayed by the appendix which looms from the other side of the trunk. This long and thin appendix refers to Pinocchio’s nose as well as a clown’s prosthesis.

This work conveys the violence used in 1977 by Rubén Morales when he staged the play by Hugo Carillo — the Guatemalan playwright : El corazón del espantapájaros (The fan heart, 1975). Fine arts students were disguised as clowns, played policemen, soldiers and politicians roles. Because of this proposal, Morales and his company were threatened with death. It led to the interruption of the performances and indirectly to a self-censorship of the theatrical community. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa underlines the ambiguity of this situation : the actors and the director were revolutionaries, but the public was yet composed of bourgeois who were supporting creation. They had the power to silence the opposing voices. Hence, the company's play and its power of protestation were reduced.


Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala, 1978) first studied art in Canada, at the Emily Carr University of Vancouver. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago then. He finished his studies as a post-graduate student at the Jan Van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, Netherlands.
The Guatemalan civil war (1960-1996) is a recurrent subject in his work. He lightens it through an absurd and humorous approach. He tackles, on the one hand, corruption and authoritarianism used by Latin-American executives, and on the other hand the police violence which derives from it. His work draws his strength from history — understood like the Mesoamerican culture tradition as well as the Hispano-American literature.



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