This performance by Guadalupe Maravilla, one of the seven artists featured in the exhibition Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art, develops out of his ongoing investigation of the displacement of Central American people. The artist himself crossed the US border when he was eight years old, escorted by a Coyote, or human trafficker, and a dog. To share his personal story, he enlists a cast of characters, including a troupe of Quinceañeras, two singers, an immigrant vampire family who drink the blood of Americans, and the Mexican gothic electro-drama band La Rubia te Besa. Drawing parallels between Mayan mythology and current events, Maravilla pursues a new visual language for border crossing stories.
Guadalupe Maravilla (formerly Irvin Morazan) is a multidisciplinary artist who creates and choreographs fictionalized rituals that merge his pre-colonial ancestry, fiction, and autobiography.
Photos by Filip Wolak