Guadalupe Maravilla, Requiem For My Border Crossing

Requiem for my border crossing and my undocumented father’s #6, 2016–2018, inkjet print with graphite pencil and ink, sheet: 19 15/16 × 29 7/8in. (50.6 × 75.9 cm)

The artist Guadalupe Maravilla was brought to the United States by a coyote (or human trafficker) as an undocumented eight-year-old, fleeing civil war in El Salvador. Hear from the artist and from assistant curator Marcela Guerrero about how this experience informed his series, “A requiem for my border crossing.”

Cite this page as: Whitney Museum of American Art, "Guadalupe Maravilla, Requiem For My Border Crossing," in Smarthistory, March 19, 2021, accessed May 27, 2024,