Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2018-19

(Richmond, VA)Guadalupe Maravilla

Project Description

ADORO will be a new mythology consisting of around twenty performers that are directly affected by our current political climate. Soothsayers, a hybrid white dog/cook, half a dozen quinceañeras and a live band will perform as facilitators to break up spiritual and xenophobic blockages. Immigrants vampires (that only drink blood of Americans) will sing traditional Latin American love songs. The songs originally written for missing or losing romantic partners will be reinterpreted as a song for the missing undocumented immigrants lost in the chaos of our current political climate. ADORO’s musical score will intend to further disentangle the genealogy of border crossing stories.


Guadalupe Maravilla (formally known as Irvin Morazan) adopted his undocumented father’s fake last name Maravilla to show solidarity during these challenging political times. As a child Maravilla immigrated alone to the United States from El Salvador escaping a civil war and was undocumented until he was 16 years old when he became a US citizen.

Maravilla utilizes performance, sculpture and video to explore fictional and autobiographical rituals that are sparked by current events and his autobiography. Maravilla has performed and presented his work extensively throughout the past few years in venues such as the Whitney Museum, New Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum, El Museo Del Barrio, Jersey City Museum, Masur Museum of Art, Caribbean Museum (Colombia), MARTE Museum (El Salvador), Mercosur Biennial (Brazil), Central America Biennial X ( Costa Rica), XI Nicaragua Biennial (Nicaragua), Performa 11, Performa 13, Saud Haus (Berlin), Vooruit (Belgium), Fux-Box Festival and Exit Art. Residencies include: LMCC Workspace, SOMA (Mexico City), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work has been recognized by numerous awards and fellowships including, Creative Capital Grant, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, Art Matters Grant, Art Matters Fellowship 2017, VMFA 2017, VCU Fountainhead Fellowship, Dedalus Foundation Fellowship, Cisneros Foundation Travel Grant, The Robert Mapplethorpe Award for Photography.

Images left to right: Illegal Alien Crossing Performance, US/Mexico Border, Ruidoso, Texas; El Fantástico Performance, Museo Del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia; The Tribe Performance, Dobbs Ferry ICE Detention Center, NY, 2017; BOOM BOOM MAN, Street Performance, New York.