Tuesday, Septemper 20th, 2011
Gallery Gachet, 7:00 PM
Action T4 (The Asylum Is Burning) – Based on stories told to me by my grandmother, this performance recounts the suspicious fire which consumed the city mental hospital in 1940’s Guatemala. This fire was rumoured to be a crude Central American adaptation of the Nazi eugenics program “Action T4”, which executed thousands of psychiatric patients.
Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa (Guatemala City, 1978) is an interdisciplinary artist, working in video, installation, and performance. His work and research delves into folkloricism, sexuality, magical practises, the welfare of children in war, the experiences of refugees, and poetry. He obtained a BFA from Emily Carr Institute in 2006 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. He has performed and exhibited extensively across North and Latin America, as well as recent solo exhibitions in Casa America in Madrid and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany. He lives and works in Vancouver.