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Guadalupe Maravilla: Film Screening

15 Mar, 8pm

Film Screening + Q&A

Mariposa Relámpago, 2023

Friday, March 15



Join Ballroom Marfa and Guadalupe Maravilla for a film screening of Mariposa Relámpago on Friday, March 15, 2024. The film will begin at 8pm in Ballroom’s courtyard, followed by a brief Q&A with Daisy Nam and Maravilla. This event is free and open to all.

The film Mariposa Relámpago narrates the mythology and spiritual journey around Guadalupe Maravilla’s largest sculpture to date. The film follows the sculpture’s process of transformation from a school bus, to a healing instrument; featuring the bus’ migration across multiple international borders, its blessing inside of a volcano, the FBI’s involvement, and its future described by a Tarot card reader.

Also on view in the courtyard is Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago. Maravilla’s installation is on view at Ballroom Marfa through March 16, 2024. The artist will lead an hour-long public sound bath with sound healers on Saturday, March 16, activating Mariposa Relámpago (Lightning Butterfly), a vibrational healing instrument and sculpture. Audiences are invited to enter the bus, sit in the courtyard, and gather around the installation as Maravilla and the healers play the gongs.

Maravilla (b. 1976 in San Salvador, El Salvador) grounds his sculpture, painting, performance, and large-scale installation in activism and healing, informed by his personal story of migration, illness, and recovery. At the age of eight, Maravilla fled El Salvador’s civil war as an unaccompanied minor and made a perilous journey through Central America to reunite with family in the United States. In the 2010s, Maravilla was diagnosed with colon cancer—an illness he links to generational trauma and the stresses of being undocumented—and during the recovery process, he was introduced to ancient methods of healing, including the use of sound. Mariposa Relámpago functions as a sculpture, shrine and healing instrument. 

Ballroom Marfa’s presentation of Guadalupe Maravilla: Mariposa Relámpago is organized by Daisy Nam, Sarah Melendez, and Alexann Susholtz.

Watch the Trailer