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I hold onto remnants of your love
It’s not buoyant enough to stay afloat
The drift of thoughts carry me like tidal currents.
Whirling emotions spiraling into a vortex of solitude
Crushing weight of heartbreak is pulling me downwards
I start sinking
Awaiting total submerge
Frantically gasping for air
It strikes me, I faintly remember
Once I was an excellent swimmer
I reach out and emerge
Escape these dark waters that converge
I’m a diver
and have always been a survivor.
By Rania D.
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa lives and works in Berlin and Guatemala City. He was born in Guatemala City in 1978 and immigrated to Vancouver in the early 1980’s. In 2006 he received a BFA in Media Arts from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design and, in 2008, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was also a postgraduate researcher at Jan Van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, the Netherlands, in 2013. He has had recent solo exhibitions at CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux; DAAD Galerie, Berlin (2017); and Gasworks, London (2015). Group exhibitions include São Paulo Biennial, Venice Biennale; LACMA, Los Angeles (2017); Lyon Biennial; and EFA Project Space, New York (2015). He has participated in performance series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2017); KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2016); and Tate Modern, London (2015). In recognition of his achievement, Ramírez-Figueroa was awarded the Mies van der Rohe Award (2017); and a DAAD fellowship (2015-16).
The object-based photos are mostly from the video Linnaeus in Tenebris (2017), and watch if the filename says “Linnaeus “, the more body images of Naufus are from the video Mimesis of Mimesis (2016)
Vancouver B.C. – grunt gallery will host a solo exhibition by Guatemalan-Canadian artist Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa. Requiem for Mirrors and Tigers mark the artist’s first solo presentation in Vancouver since he left the city to pursue an international art education and career. Continue reading Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa Exhibition at grunt gallery
I walk in shackles, secured with self-condemnation
Pacing a cell, reinforced bricks of isolation
It’s suffocating and quiet
Suddenly silence is pierced
With fear’s uninhibited tormented screams
Despair is whipping, stinging lashes cut my thoughts
My heart is panting, pounding, pleading for lost hope
I’m looking through thick bars, tall and raised high
Firmly fixed by expectations and dull standards that confine
My voice has been swallowed
Hushed a long time ago
Emotions suppressed, warm tears dry as they flow
And I know there’s only one
who can set my spirit free
The key is a pendant
that has always been
safely kept with me
By Rania D.
my heart might rain
but my voice is fire
bringing heat to
a frozen world
Find more photography by this photographer at @see.rich.shoot.
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