Guadalupe Maravilla


Guadalupe Disease Thrower
Guadalupe Maravilla, 'Disease Thrower #12122012', 2022, gong, steel, wood, cotton, glue mixture, plastic, loofah & objects collected from a ritual of retracing the artist's original migration route. Courtesy the artist & P·P·O·W, NY. Photo: Danny Perez

In autumn 2024, Talbot Rice Gallery will present the first solo exhibition in the U.K.
of Guadalupe Maravilla. Maravilla’s works will reframe our Georgian Gallery, the former natural history museum of the University, as a place for healing, regeneration and restoration. Maravilla’s life has intersected with war, asylum and cancer, resulting in a practice that is entwined with a process dedicated to overcoming these analogous traumas: ancient and contemporary knowledge entangle in his work to create healing instruments. The sculptural series Disease Throwers, for example, combine spiritual practices from all over the world as well as his own inventions intended to release stress and trauma held in our bodies.

Through sound baths and other sonic devices that emit positive vibrations, Maravilla’s work becomes a platform for live healing workshops, often dedicated to survivors or those living with cancer. His Tripa Chuca murals are made in collaboration with a local person who shares a similar migration story as Maravilla. This exhibition will resonate with the exhibition of Gabrielle Goliath in the adjoining gallery – focused on survivors of sexual violence – and act as a counterpoint to the hostile environment for migrants that dominates headlines in the UK.



Guadalupe Maravilla (b. 1976, San Salvador, El Salvador) has presented solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver; Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Oslo; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York, NY and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Recent group exhibitions include uMoya: The Sacred Return of Lost Things, Liverpool Biennial; 14th Gwangju Biennale, South Korea; Drum Listens to Heart, Part III, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; Crip Time, Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt among others. Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago, a solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston’s Watershed in 2023 will travel to venues across Texas beginning with Ballroom Marfa, 2023 - 2024; the Contemporary Austin, opening April 2024; and The Blaffer Museum of Art opening November 2024.


Exhibition Guide

Forthcoming, will be available when the exhibitions opens.