Crossfade LAB: Guadalupe Maravilla and Alex Anwandter

Crossfade LAB: Guadalupe Maravilla and Alex Anwandter

CALA Alliance

Left: Guadalupe Maravilla. Right: Alex Anwandter. Courtesy the artists.

February 3, 2022
Crossfade LAB: Guadalupe Maravilla and Alex Anwandter
March 9, 2022, 7pm
Crossfade LAB: Guadalupe Maravilla and Alex Anwandter: March 9, 7–9pm, In-person with livestream
Crescent Ballroom
308 N. 2nd Avenue
85003 Phoenix Arizona
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CALA Alliance (Celebración Artística de las Américas) will host Crossfade LAB on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 from 7–9pm MST. The series returns to Crescent Ballroom for its tenth installment, featuring celebrated multidisciplinary artist Guadalupe Maravilla and acclaimed musician and filmmaker Alex Anwandter. Crossfade LAB is the only event of its kind in the nation, a thought-provoking blend of conversations, art experiences, live musical performances, and unexpected collaborations with internationally renowned Indigenous, Latinx, and Latin American artists. 

Crossfade LAB will be offered in a hybrid manner, offering a live-stream option with bilingual live captioning, allowing the program to traverse physical, linguistic, and auditory barriers for a more accessible experience. This iteration of Crossfade LAB features a special meeting between New York-based multidisciplinary artist Guadalupe Maravilla (US/El Salvador) and Grammy Award-nominated artist Alex Anwandter (Chile). Moderated by MacArthur Fellow and Crossfade LAB co-curator Josh Kun, the evening will blend meditative healing sound waves and sculptural installations with vibrant, emotionally charged electro-pop ballads and melodies. The fusion of sound and image will transport audiences across the dynamic geographies of the Americas, from Chile to El Salvador, New York to Phoenix, underscoring the often-political realities that exist while traversing space and place.

Since 2016, CALA Alliance has presented nine Crossfade LAB events to sold-out audiences. Each event features a cross-disciplinary conversation, performance, and onstage collaboration between two artists working in the performing, visual, media, and literary arts. Since its inception, Crossfade LAB has featured the work of some of the most important Latinx and Latin American artists of our time, including visual artists Teresita Fernández (New York), Tania Candiani (Mexico City), rafa esparza (Los Angeles), and Carolina Caycedo (Colombia/Los Angeles); literary artists Natalie Diaz (Arizona Mojave, 2018 MacArthur Fellow, and 2021 Pulitzer Prize winner), Daniel Alarcón (New York, 2021 MacArthur Fellow), and Rita Indiana (Dominican Republic); performance artists Nao Bustamante (Los Angeles) and Radio Healer (Arizona); and musicians San Cha (Los Angeles), Julieta Venegas (Mexico City, Grammy Award winner), Carla Morrison (Tecate/Mexico City, Grammy Award winner), Helado Negro (Ecuador/New York), Lido Pimienta (Colombia/Toronto), Javiera Mena (Chile), and Calexico (Arizona).

Crossfade LAB is organized by CALA Alliance in collaboration with ASU Art Museum and Crescent Ballroom. Crossfade LAB is made possible with institutional support provided by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the Arizona Community Foundation.

About the artists
Guadalupe Maravilla (b. San Salvador, El Salvador) 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 due to the Salvadoran Civil War. In 2016, Maravilla became a U.S. citizen and adopted Guadalupe Maravilla in solidarity with his undocumented father, who uses Maravilla as his last name. As an acknowledgment of his migratory past, Maravilla grounds his practice in the historical and contemporary contexts of immigrant culture, particularly those belonging to Latinx communities.

Alex Anwandter (b. Santiago, Chile) is a Director, screenwriter, and musician. A popular and critically acclaimed artist in Chile and Latin America, twice nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards, Anwandter’s musical career has spanned over ten years, publishing five albums, all of which were composed and produced by himself. The artist has toured extensively throughout Chile, Latin America, the United States, and Europe. 

About CALA Alliance
CALA Alliance is a multidisciplinary Latinx arts organization based in Phoenix that collaborates with artists and arts organizations to connect Arizona, Mexico, and Latin America. CALA Alliance advances its mission through innovative public programming, artist commissions, international residencies, and cultural exchanges that reimagine Arizona’s place in the Americas.

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