„I pack my bags“ with Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
The artist has come from Guatemala City to perform his „Rainbow Action (after Cezary Bodzianowski)“ for the opening of the exhibition „Stance & Fall“. Here on the blog we show what he brought with him for this purpose.
In the performance the artist’s body becomes a means of artistic expression. At the beginning the artist quotes a poem by Latin American poet Carlos Pellicer. The poem discusses the difficulties experienced by a person with socialist leanings living in a tropical country, because the latter’s beautiful colours immediately distract people’s attention from the social evils in the land. He then paints his skin in the colours of the rainbow and adopts the shape of a rainbow himself, before finally leaving the brightly coloured impression of the familiar arch on the wall of the exhibition space. “I wanted to attempt to experience that naïve positivity that I felt as a child when I heard people talking about change.”
Between frivolous humour and political earnestness
The engagement with society, identity and politics are recurrent themes in the work of Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. With frivolous humour and political earnestness, he also alludes to the traumatic history of the civil war and the continuing suppression of minorities in his homeland of Guatemala.
Sketchbooks on various socialist Latin American poets who can be seen in the installation of the performance.
The sketchbook on the Cuban poet and writer, José Martí, who devoted himself to the struggle for the independence of his country.
This sketchbook is dedicated to the poet, Daisy Zamora – one of the best-known personalities in contemporary Latin American poetry.