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Guadalupe Maravilla: Migrations Visiting Artist Talk

Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at 5:15pm

Johnson Museum of Art, Wing lecture room
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Guadalupe Maravilla is an acclaimed visual artist, choreographer, and healer based in Brooklyn, where his work is currently on view in a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. He 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 and became a US citizen in 2006. By combining pre-colonial Central American ancestry, personal mythology, and collaborative performative acts, Maravilla’s performances, sculptural objects, and drawings trace the history of his own displacement and that of others. Across all media, Maravilla explores how the systemic abuse of immigrants physically manifests in the body, reflecting on his own battle with cancer. His transdisciplinary artistic practice generates powerful symbols of renewal and ultimately nurtures collective narratives of trauma into celebrations of perseverance and humanity.

This visiting artist talk is the first in an ongoing series with the campus-wide Migrations Global Grand Challenge, part of Global Cornell, with support from the Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative. The Migrations initiative studies global migration of all living things through an interdisciplinary, multispecies lens, with a special focus on themes of racism, dispossession, and migration.

Masks are suggested at the Museum and social distancing will be encouraged. This in-person event will also be available as a webinar.

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