NEW YORK, NY.- P·P·O·W
announced its representation of the transdisciplinary visual artist, choreographer, and healer, Guadalupe Maravilla. At the age of eight, Maravilla was part of the first wave of unaccompanied, undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, Maravilla became a U.S. citizen and adopted the name Guadalupe Maravilla in solidarity with his undocumented father, who uses Maravilla as his last name. As an acknowledgement of his own migratory past, Maravilla grounds his practice in the historical and contemporary contexts of immigrant culture, particularly those belonging to Latinx communities.
Combining elements of pre-colonial Central American ancestry, personal mythology, and collaborative performative acts, Maravillas performances, objects, and drawings trace the history of his own displacement and that of others. Culling the entangled fictional and autobiographical genealogies of border crossing accounts, Maravilla nurtures collective narratives of trauma into celebrations of perseverance and humanity. Across all media, Maravilla explores how the systemic abuse of immigrants physically manifests in the body, reflecting on his own battle with cancer, which began in his gut. Maravillas large-scale sculptures, titled Disease Throwers, function as headdresses, instruments, and shrines through the incorporation of materials collected from sites across Central America, anatomical models, and sonic instruments such as conch shells and gongs. Described by Maravilla as healing machines, these Disease Throwers ultimately serve as symbols of renewal, generating therapeutic, vibrational sound.
Guadalupe Maravilla (b. 1976) currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Richmond, Virginia, where he is an Assistant professor at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts, and his MFA from Hunter College in New York. He is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship in 2019. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Additionally, he has performed and presented his work at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami; Queens Museum, New York; The Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Art of El Salvador, San Salvador; X Central American Biennial, Costa Rica; Performa 11, New York; Performa 13, New York; Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation, New York; and the Drawing Center, New York, among others.