Illusion of Matter
Naufus Ramírez-Figueroa’s work Illusion of Matter was made specifically for the camera and established a dream state through a composition of motifs that were drawn from childhood memories, and that were recreated as giant props made out of polystyrene set in a colorful yellow and orange mise-en-scene. Throughout the five minutes of the performance, the props and set were activated and demolished by children under the artist’s direction. The performance ends as the artist walking slowly towards the camera holding a ghostly mask/figure in front of their body. This work was the first in the ongoing commission by the performance network Corpus, in which the artist attempts to exhaust my interest into the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-96). The work was commissioned by Tate Modern’s “Live Series” and Corpus Network.