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Introduction
Introduction

Over a three-year period (2015–2017), the artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa produced a cycle of new performance works across the various stages offered by Corpus partners. Through these performances, Ramírez-Figueroa attempted to exhaust his interest in the Guatemalan Civil War as the recurring subject of his work. Waged from 1960 to 1996, the Guatemalan Civil War was fought between the government of Guatemala and leftist rebel groups who were supported by ethnic Mayan indigenous people and Ladino peasants, and is infamous for the genocide against the Mayan population and for widespread human rights violations against civilians.



Across the punctuated moments of the cycle, Ramírez-Figueroa used his body and direct action to perform a series of images related to the history of the Guatemalan Civil War. Approaching the Civil War from a personal position, he has softened these images through abstraction and humour, while attempting to use the intensity of the performance schedule to push beyond the immense force of the collective and inscribed memory of the war’s history. Beyond the live performances the cycle of works form a collection of videos.



The cycle comprises six works in total—Illusion of Matter, The Print of SleepLife in His Mouth, Death Cradles Her Arm, Mimesis of MimesisLinnæus in Tenebris, and Fino Fantasma—with all of the works, except Life in His Mouth…*, being performed for a live audience and for the camera.



* Life in His Mouth, Death Cradles Her Arm was performed specifically for the camera on location in Guatemala.