Food Wars: Mexico Vs. Guatemala!

Performance Description

Armed with only amateur cooking skills and each family’s secret recipes, Mexican artist Manolo Lugo and Guatemalan born artist Naufús Ramirez-Figueroa cook up a storm to prove which nation has the best cuisine!

Artistic Statement

Can a Guatemalan enchilada -with its pickled purple toppings- compete with a creamy and saucy Mexican enchilada?

All wars are messy and senseless in their fierceness. This food war between Mexico and Guatemala is no exception. It’s a vain war between brothers who share too many similarities to battle over differences. But on September 19th 2010, Mexican artist Manolo Lugo and Guatemalan born Naufús Ramirez-Figueroa battle over which nation’s cuisine reigns supreme!

Artist Biographies

Manolo Lugo
Manolo Lugo is a Mexican-born artist residing in Vancouver. He obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the Monterrey Institute of Technology in 1999 and in 2007 a BFA from Emily Carr University. His work borrows from sculptural as well as photographic discourses usually taking the form of performance, expressing a sensibility around geographical displacement and its impact in the domestic and public spheres.

Manolo’s work has been exhibited in several galleries in Mexico and Canada such as LES gallery, The Shudder Gallery and Espacio Polivalente Valle. He has also participated in the Vancouver LIVE Biennale.

Naufús Ramirez-Figueroa
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 practices, the welfare of children in war, the experiences of refugees, and poetry. He obtained a BFA from Emily Carr University in 2006 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2008. Ramirez-Figueroa has an extensive exhibition history, showing in such diverse places as Proyectos UV in Guatemala, The Vancouver Art Gallery, the Internationale Kurzfilmtage in Oberhausen, and at Home Works IV in Beirut. His work is included in “Younger Than Jesus” -a directory of the most promising artists under 33, compiled by the New Museum and published by Phaidon.

Upcoming presentations include his 7th solo exhibition at La Otra in Bogota, and is a 2011 fellow at Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, Germany.