Provocations: Guadalupe Maravilla 24hr Performance + Opening
The second commission in the ICA’s Provocations series will be developed 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. The exhibition begins with a 24-hour opening performance which includes the activation of ceremonial gongs, soothing teas, and an overnight sound bath. For this opening ceremony and throughout the exhibition’s run, the ICA’s True Farr Luck Gallery will be transformed into a space for healing traumas related to migration, displacement, and inhumane detainment.
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