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Week 3
October 20 - 26

Lugar de Consuelo
[Place of Solace]

Directed by Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa
Guatemala, Single-channel HD video, 35:26 mins, 2020
Film in Spanish with English subtitles

Ramírez-Figueroa filmed Lugar de Consuelo [Place of Solace] at the Popular University (UP) in Guatemala City. The performance and film were inspired by a critique made against the Government of Guatemala, presented at the UP in 1975, which in turn was inspired by the theater play El corazón del espantapájaros, written by Guatemalan playwright Hugo Carrillo in 1962. The original production of El corazón del espantapájaros during the Guatemalan Civil War was revolutionary in its purpose. It aroused violent censorship and lethal attacks on actors and theaters, concluding with the burning of one of the city’s theaters. Perhaps due to this trauma, memories of the 1975 performance are hazy. Ramírez-Figueroa's work is the staging of a new script, written in collaboration with poet Wingston González, in which the original characters of the play exist in a fascist context, and play the roles of both villains and victims.


Lugar de Consuelo

Filmed at Universidad Popular, december 2019


Script, direction and costume design:

Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa



Wingston González


Camera, editing, and direction:

Robert Beske

Assistant camera: Pablo Valladares 



Wingston Gonzalez 

Jeffrey Ortega 

Natalia Mendoça 

Dharma Morales 

Leslie Romero 


Casting assistance: 

Evelyn Price 



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Still photography: 

Mel Mencos 



Amenothep Córdova 

Sound assistant and data manager: 

Pepe Orozco 


Costumes and props: 

Joe Seely 

Alex Casimiro 

Valentina soares 

Nicolette henry 

Alvaro Cuessi 

Prop Maintenance and Costume Adjustment: 

Andrea Gomez 

Elizabeth Bacaro 



Carlos Armas 

Josué Hernández 

Geovanny Alarcon 

Germán "Piernas" Hernández 

Production : 

Alberto Rodríguez Collía 


Merci à :

Joaquín Ruano

Sergio Ramírez

Andrés Rodríguez

Hugo Quinto

Pablo Chután

Lorena Rojas

Dirección Centro Histórico

Raquel Jiménez

Centro Cultural de España, au Guatemala

Ingrid Mejía

Universidad Popular

Comisaría 11 de la PNC

Miguel Sun

Josue Soria

Oscar Gómez

Andy Benavente

L’officier Jesús Ignacio

L’officier Rolando Chiroy Mendoza

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This episode presents a conversation between Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa and Wingston González.


Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa (Guatemala, 1978) lives and works in Guatemala City. He holds a BFA from Emily Carr University, Vancouver, an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and was a research fellow at Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. Using performance, sound, drawing and sculpture, Ramírez-Figueroa’s work conjures live and sculptural representations that explore themes of loss, displacement and cultural resistance. The Guatemalan Civil War (1960–1996) is a recurring subject in his work, which although often softened by an absurd and humorous approach, fails to conceal the force of history that precedes it. 

Ramírez-Figueroa has participated in various solo and group exhibitions including Asymmetries, The Power Plant, Toronto (2020); At Small Arms, Toronto Biennial Of Art (2019); The Sixth State, Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2018); The Guardian of the Forest, Proyectos Ultravioleta; Guatemala City (2018); The House of Kawinal, New Museum, New York (2018); The Luminous Grid, Sies + Höke, Düsseldorf (2018); Shit Baby and the Crumpled Giraffe, Kunsthalle Lissabon, Lisbon (2017); The Green Ray, daadgalerie, Berlin (2017); VIVA ARTE VIVA, 57th Biennale di Venezia, Venice (2017); Two Flamingos Copulating on a Tin Roof, Haus Esters, Krefeld Kunstmuseum, Krefeld (2017); Incerteza Viva, 32 Bienal de São Paulo, São Paulo (2016); God’s Reptilian Finger, Gasworks, London (2015); Rendez-Vous, 13th Lyon Biennale, Lyon (2015); Burning Down the House, 10th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2014); A Chronicle of Interventions, Tate Modern, London, (2014); Illy Present Future, Castello di Rivoli, Torino (2013); Beber y Leer El Arcoiris, Casa América, Madrid (2012). 

He is a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Mies Van Der Rohe prize, the Franklin Furnace award, the Akademie Schloss Solitude fellowship, and the DAAD in Berlin.

Wingston González (Livingston, Guatemala, 1986) is a writer. He has published eleven poetry books, one of the most notorious being Transacciones [Transactions] (Editorial Cultura, 2015). He was awarded the Premio mesoamericano de poesía Luis Cardoza y Aragón [Luis Cardoza y Aragón Mesoamerican poetry prize] in 2015. 


Most recently, he has published the plaquettes No Budu Please (Ugly Duckling Presse, New York, 2018) and Qué haré con mi lugar en el cielo [What Will I Do With My Place in Heaven] (Toronto Art BIennial, 2020). He also collaborates with projects and forms part of works in the fields of dance, visual arts, music, and performance. He lives in Guatemala City. 

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