Guadalupe Maravilla wins second Lise Wilhelmsen award of $ 100,000 in history – ARTnews.com
The Lise Wilhelmsen Art Award, one of the world’s largest art prizes, named Brooklyn artist Guadalupe Maravilla as the second recipient of her $ 100,000 scholarship. As part of winning the award, Maravilla will present a solo exhibition next year at the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Høvikodden, Norway, which administers the award.
Marvailla’s interdisciplinary practice examines how healing from trauma, displacement and disease can be achieved through nature and sound. It was recently the subject of a major exhibition featuring new works at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens called “Planeta Abuelx”. For this exhibition, the artist has planted vegetables and medicinal herbs around his sculptures and staged sound baths in the park.
These works, and her practice as a whole, are inspired by Maravilla’s own life story. Maravilla was born in El Salvador in 1976, and then emigrated from the country at the age of 8 as an unaccompanied minor during the country’s civil war in the 1980s. At the age of 35, in 2011, he was diagnosed with stage three colon cancer and has not had cancer since 2013.
In a statement, the jury that selected Maravilla for the award wrote: “Maravilla’s work is as much more than his life. Drawing on personal stories but venturing far into pre-Columbian mythologies, collective memory, geopolitical history and material culture, the artist constructs works of art that act. His sculptures and elaborate constructions are also performative tools; he collaborates with others to create interactive wall drawings; he choreographed a biker gang chorus and crossed the Rio Grande using one of his works as a flotation device.
This jury included María Inés Rodríguez, general curator at the Museu de Arte in São Paulo; the curator of the Museum of Modern Art Michelle Kuo; and Elvira Dyangani Ose, the new director of MACBA, Barcelona; as well as the chief curator of the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter, Caroline Ugelstad; director Tone Hansen; and Paulina Rider Wilhelmsen, a family member of the award’s namesake. The first prize was awarded in 2019 to Otobong Nkanga.
In July, Maravilla was announced as one of the first 15 recipients of the Latinx Artist Fellowship, which is part of a joint initiative of the Ford Foundation and the Mellon Foundation. He currently has works on display in the “Crip Time” exhibition at MMK in Frankfurt, and is expected to show sculptures later this month in the galleries of MoMA’s permanent collection.
For Art in AmericaIn the September / October 2021 issue, Maravilla created a print version of one of her “Retablo” paintings. In an interview with AiA, he said “Before [the pandemic], when I was talking about healing, only certain people were interested, usually those who were really spiritual, or people who had been through a lot of trauma, ”adding that he wanted to“ provide[e] healing for undocumented or marginalized communities, as well as those with cancer and other illnesses, because healing has become a commodity, and those who need it most have the least access to it.