Organized by Cassils and rafa esparza, In Plain Sight is a nation-wide project which will take place on July 3rd and 4th. During these two days, a coalition of 80 artists will be launching @inplainsightmap – a collective effort to make visible the injustices of the largest immigration detention system in the world.
Join In Plain Sight artist Shaun Leonardo and his friend, artist Guadalupe Maravilla for a Queens Museum Instagram Live conversation to discuss the campaign’s calls to action. Maravilla will also speak of the urgent needs of undocumented communities during the pandemic, including the creation of holistic healing workshops for immigrants recently released from ICE detention. For more information follow Shaun Leonardo (@elcleonardo), Guadalupe Maravilla (@guadalupe__maravilla), and #XMAP: In Plain Sight (@inplainsightmap).
Shaun Leonardo’s multidisciplinary work negotiates societal expectations of manhood, namely definitions surrounding black and brown masculinities, along with its notions of achievement, collective identity, and experience of failure. His performance practice, anchored by his work in Assembly – a diversion program for court-involved youth at the Brooklyn-based, non-profit Recess – is participatory and invested in a process of embodiment. Leonardo is a Brooklyn-based artist from Queens, New York City.
Guadalupe Maravilla is a transdisciplinary visual artist, choreographer, and healer. At the age of eight, Maravilla was part of the first wave of unaccompanied, undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s as a result of the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, Maravilla became a U.S. citizen and adopted the name Guadalupe Maravilla in solidarity with his undocumented father, who uses Maravilla as his last name. As an acknowledgement of his own migratory past, Maravilla grounds his practice in the historical and contemporary contexts of immigrant culture, particularly those belonging to Latinx communities.
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