Naufús Figueroa Ramirez
Children's Tears Laid Out to Dry
Exhibition runs September 7 to October 10, 2007
Children's Tears Laid Out to Dry continues Naufús Figueroa's exploration into the troubled history of his birthplace, translated through the poetry of Québécois author Anne Hébert. In her work Hébert often describes terror stricken and unhappy children. For Figueroa her poetry reflects the mournfulness of children during the Guatemalan Civil War, where the children of activists and guerrillas would be kidnapped to be killed or adopted out to military families in an attempt to destroy the "bad seed". Vancouver based artist, Barry Doupe collaborates in this installation with a series of animations.
Naufús Figueroa Ramirez is an installation and performance artist. Since 1998, he has performed and exhibited at Canadian artist-run centers and in public galleries in Central America. Born in Guatemala during the most violent years of war, Ramirez-Figueroa's work attempts to explore the nature of witnessing and narrating traumatic experience. His work questions accepted notions of humanity and the humane, and individual and collective constructs of social responsibility.