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The Sun is Crooked in the Sky;
My Father is Thrown over my Shoulders

June 29, 7pm - July 3, 10 pm 2005
Implant (58 Wade Ave. Unit 12)
Toronto, Ontario

Toronto, CANADA... On June 29, 2005, Fado kicks off its new IDea series with The Sun is Crooked in the Sky; My Father is Thrown over my Shoulders a continuous 100-hour performance by Guatemalan-born Canadian artist Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa.

The Sun is Crooked in the Sky; My Father is Thrown over my Shoulders is a visceral, searching visual and action-based exploration of aspects of the artist’s personal history. In his notes for the performance, Ramirez-Figueroa writes:

“The artist’s family, like many other Guatemalan -- and Latin American -- families, has dealt with common, though taboo issues of class and race differences that have affected the family dynamic. In the case of Ramirez-Figueroa there is a history of indigenous women having the children of whiter men, men who become fathers unwilling to recognize the children as their own. By using metaphorical elements of his childhood -- like powdered milk -- and through sleep deprivation, Ramirez-Figueroa will push the limits of his endurance with the purpose of reaching an altered state of consciousness through which to meditate upon a genealogy of absent white fathers.”

About the artist

Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa is a performance and visual artist based in Vancouver. For the past 7 years he has performed and exhibited at various Canadian artist-run centers and in galleries and museums in Latin America. Ramirez-Figueroa’s work attempts to create an opening for dialogue around ethics and inter-personal relations in issues such as racial cleansing, economic globalization, and love.

NAUFUS RAMIREZ-FIGUEROA


photo: Miklos Legrady

Fado Performance Inc. is pleased to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, and the Department of Canadian Heritage for their support of this project.

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