Awardee: Guadalupe Maravilla

Emerging Fields, 2016

Guadalupe Maravilla (formerly Irvin Morazan) is a multidisciplinary artist  born in EL Salvador and moved to New York city area in the 1980’s as part of the Salvadoran civil war diaspora. Guadalupe currently lives in Richmond VA  where he is a Tenure-Track professor at VCU. He received his BFA from SVA and his MFA from Hunter College. Guadalupe has performed and presented his work extensively throughout the past few years in venues such as El Museo Del Barrio, Performa 11 &, 13, Central America Biennial X (Costa Rica),  XI Nicaragua Biennial, Exit Art, Sean Kelly Gallery, Metropolitan Museum, Jersey City Museum, Caribbean Museum (Colombia), and MARTE Museum (El Salvador). Residencies include R.A.T. Mexico City, LMCC Workspace, SOMA (Mexico City) and Skowhegan. Awards and fellowships include: Creative Capital Award, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, VCU Fountainhead, Dedalus Foundation, Art Matters, Cisneros Foundation and the Robert Mapplethorpe Award.

Project: Silent Zoomorph

Silent Zoomorph is a performance series that will materialize into a film consisting of wearable sculptures, fictionalized rituals and various esoteric forms of spirituality and ancient medicine. The rituals in the film are inspired by the meditations Guadalupe Maravilla underwent while receiving fifty-three sessions of radiation while living with Cancer in 2013. Silent Zoomorph will serve as a framework to blur the physical and metaphysical line between the body, sculpture sound and light. Silent Zoomorph will take place in a Central American volcano, an ancient burial site, a contemporary Bolivian vernacular building, a radioactive desert, the Amazon, places of natural phenomenon and in trees where jaguars are born.