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Provocations: Guadalupe Maravilla Opening + Overnight Performance

Saturday, Nov 9

6:00 PM–6:00 AM


The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University invites you to an opening ceremony for Provocations: Guadalupe MaravillaThe exhibition begins with an overnight opening performance which includes the activation of ceremonial gongs, soothing teas, and an overnight sound bath. Please join for any part of the event, or immerse yourself in the experience and stay overnight at the ICA.



Reception | 6 pm
Tea ceremony | 8 pm
Healing Gong Sound Bath | 10 pm–6 am
Tea | 6 am



The second commission in the ICA’s Provocations series will be created by Guadalupe Maravilla, an artist who, at age eight, immigrated alone to the United States from El Salvador in order to escape the Salvadoran Civil War. Combining drawing, sculpture, and performance, Maravilla’s installation, Disease Thrower, draws on his own experiences with illness, migration, and the anxieties experienced by undocumented peoples. For this opening ceremony and throughout the exhibition’s run, the ICA’s True Farr Luck Gallery will be transformed into a space of ritual, dialogue, hospitality, and healing.

Provocations: Guadalupe Maravilla is curated by Amber Esseiva and organized by the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University with generous facilities support from VCUarts Department of Sculpture and Extended Media