22 February – 21 April 2018

      Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers

      grunt gallery, Vancouver
      1. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, 'Illusion of Matter', 2015, video still.
      2. Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa, 'Mimesis of Mimesis', 2016, video still.
    2. If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want To Be Part Of Your Revolution is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa at grunt gallery, Vancouver. For the exhibition Ramírez-Figueroa will present for the first time, the complete collection of video works that document his performance cycle, Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers (2015–2017).

      This cycle of works was produced as part of Ramírez-Figueroa commission with Corpus and If I Can’t Dance’s VI, Event and Duration, and saw him use his body and direct action to perform six images related to the history of the Guatemalan Civil War at punctuated moments and locations across a three year period. In the works Ramírez-Figueroa approached the Civil War from a personal position, softening images of it 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.

      These videos are featured at grunt gallery as part of Capture Photography Festival, and the exhibition is curated by Glenn Alteen. Further details of the exhibition can be found here. 

      To accompany the exhibition, on 5 April 2018 at 7pm a publication of the same name will be launched in the company of the artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa and If I Can’t Dance’s director Frédérique Bergholtz and curator Susan Gibb.

      Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s cycle of performances, Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers, was commissioned and produced as part of Corpus, network for performance practice. Corpus is Bulegoa z/b (Bilbao), CAC (Vilnius), KW (Berlin), If I Can’t Dance (Amsterdam), Playground (STUK & M, Leuven), and Tate Modern (London). Corpus is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.

      If I Can't Dance,
      I Don't Want to Be Part of
      Your Revolution