About the Exhibition
‘Planeta Abuelx’ is a solo exhibition of new work by artist Guadalupe Maravilla drawing on ancestral, Indigenous, and ritual practices of healing. Maravilla’s sculptures are an accumulation of totemic forms, recycled and found materials, botanicals, Mesoamerican symbolism, and functional sound components.
The title, expanding the idea of “Mother Earth” into the intergenerational, gender neutral, and open-ended “Grandparent Planet,” points to Maravilla’s framing of intimate familial relationships and passage of time as crucial to the restorative process. The installation of works serves as an homage to our elders, not only as a vulnerable group disproportionally lost to illness including Covid-19, but also as keepers of curative ancestral knowledge passed down through generations.
Informed by personal experiences of migration and illness, Maravilla’s practice and his exhibition at Socrates invites the public to more broadly consider how we – as communities and individuals – begin rehabilitation and renewal from collective traumas, including the Covid-19 pandemic and continued white supremacist violence. Maravilla’s focus on mutual and holistic care are in harmony with Socrates as a waterfront park, a sheltered green space, and place of community.
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Artist Guadalupe Maravilla and trained sound healers perform a healing sound bath in and around the artist’s ‘Disease Thrower (#13 & $14) Installation’ and ‘Tripa Chuca’ drawing; 2021; Courtesy the Artist and PPOW, New York; Image by Scott Lynch.
As part of the exhibition, Maravilla is offering a series of free healing sound baths. He discovered the healing properties of sound baths during his treatment for colon cancer. Now as a cancer survivor, he regularly offers free communal healing sound baths as a form of mutual aid and care. “Human bodies are over 70% water, and the vibration of the gongs can help balance emotional, psychological, and in some cases physical pain,” explains the artist.
To create a healing sound bath, the artist and trained sound healers play gongs, bells, and percussive implements in hypnotic sequences that build into an immersive soundscape in and around the ‘Disease Throwers (#13 & #14 Installation)‘ and ‘Tripa Chuca‘ drawing. A designated fire keeper maintains a wood-fire with medicinal herbs in a central fire pit during sound baths.
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Saturday, May 15
Sunday, June 6 (Rain Date: June 13)
Saturday, June 20
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ABOUT GUADALUPE MARAVILLA
Guadalupe Maravilla has performed and presented his work extensively in venues such as the Whitney Museum of American Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bronx Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, MARTE (El Salvador), Central America Biennial X (Costa Rica), Performa 11 & 13, Smack Mellon, and the ICA in Miami (2019). Their work is included in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art (Miami, FL), and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía (Madrid). They are a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship (2019) and Creative Capital grant (2016). Based in Brooklyn, NY and Richmond, VA, Maravilla is currently an Assistant Professor at VCU. They are represented by PPOW Gallery in New York City where their exhibition, ‘Seven Ancestral Stomachs,’ was on view from February 26 – March 27, 2021.
This exhibition is organized by Socrates Sculpture Park and curated by Jess Wilcox, Curator & Director of Exhibitions, and danilo machado, Curatorial Assistant. The exhibition is made possible with generous support from the Jerome Foundation and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Socrates’s Exhibition Program is funded by the Charina Foundation, ConEdison, the Sidney E. Frank Foundation, Maxine and Stuart Frankel Foundation, Agnes Gund, Lambent Foundation, Ivana Mestrovic, and Spacetime C.C. The exhibition is funded, in part, by public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.