M Leuven is presenting a solo exhibition by Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa (1978,
Guatemala) from 6 May onwards. He creates dreamlike sculptures, installations and performances with elements from literature, folklore, magic and childhood memories.
Playful art, serious themes
“M is committed to offering a platform to emerging major international artists. M is also developing as a place where the public can discover and rediscover artists. Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa’s work has already been shown on numerous international stages, including at the Venice Biennale in 2017. His work is present in prestigious private and public collections at the Guggenheim, Tate and many more,” says Denise Vandevoort, alderman for culture and chair of the board of M.
Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa’s work explores and touches upon various themes in his visual installations, often around elements from the history of his native Guatemala. Ranging from cultural identity, trauma and colonisation to the connection between man and nature.
The exhibition at M shows a selective overview of his diverse artistic practice with spatial installations, sculptures, woodcuts and films. A new group of sculptures developed by the artist last year will also be presented. This new work tells the complex story of silk in Guatemala, touching on Mayan culture and with links to China, Mexico and Spain and other countries.
Eva Wittocx, curator of this exhibition, adds: ”In 2017, M showed a selection of films by Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa. As an M resident in 2018, he brought the new performance ‘Cacaxte’, which can now be seen as a film in this expo.”
Leopold Vanderkelenstraat 28, 3000 Leuven, Flemish Brabant, Belgium