Installation view, Guadalupe Maravilla: Seven Ancestral Stomachs, P·P·O·W, New York, 2021. Image courtesy of Guadalupe Maravilla and P·P·O·W, New York. © Guadalupe Maravilla
Sculptor, performer, and sound healer Guadalupe Maravilla (b. 1976 in El Salvador) is dedicated to collective healing. He combines his personal experiences as a formerly undocumented immigrant and cancer survivor with diverse artistic media to create intricately layered sculptures, paintings, and performances that serve as vessels for healing. Maravilla was part of the first wave of undocumented unaccompanied children to migrate from Central America to the United States in the 1980s. He revisits sites along his migration path to collect materials and collaborate with artisans to build his sculptures and paintings, linking his artwork physically and symbolically to his migration journey and exploring the generational and communal trauma of migration. Each project presents a new opportunity for Maravilla to bring his prodigious talents and generosity as a teacher, healer, and mutual-aid organizer to provide access to modes of connection, learning, and healing. This solo exhibition—his first in Boston—will bring together a selection of the artist’s cherished sculptures and wall-based works alongside a newly commissioned collaborative project.