WAWI NAVARROZA is a Filipino contemporary artist known for her works in photography. Her approach to photography is malleable, less and less as a documentarian but rather as an author of a visual language she creates and assembles in pictures. Her body of work is expressed in a combination of tableaus, portraiture, still life and installation through a process informed by research and also largely by referential use of materials. In recent years, Navarroza has followed a cycle focused on depicting notions of looking at contemporary landscape seen from an experiential self-reflexive point of view. Her works investigate displacements, disorientation, discovery and the idea of shifting locations as response to the surrounding environment.
Her work has been shown in institutions such as the National Museum of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Singapore Art Museum 8Q, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Hangaram Museum, Korea, National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, and Fries Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Belvedere, Netherlands, among others. Navarroza has received a number of awards such as the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Grant New York, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards, Ateneo Art Awards, Lumi Photographic Art Awards Helsinki, and was finalist for Singapore Museum Signature Art Prize, WMA Commission Hong Kong. As of press time, she is currently nominated for Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2018.
Her art has been surveyed in books such as “Photography Today" (Phaidon) and “Contemporary Photography in Asia” (Prestel). She’s been a strong proponent of the printed format as an extension of artistic work and with this, has published two books “DOMINION” and “Hunt & Gather, Terraria”. In 2015, she founded Thousandfold, a platform and library for photobooks in Manila to further educate and encourage more publication of photography author-works from the Philippines. As an educator, she gives periodic workshops and is a recognized speaker to photography talks, reviews, and conferences in the Philippines and the Pacific.
Navarroza is a graduate of Communications Arts at De La Salle University, Manila. Shortly after, she received continuing education at the International Center of Photography in New York City. In the past few years, she has been based in Spain where she completed her Masters scholarship award for Contemporary Photography in Madrid.
Currently, she lives and works in Manila.
Wawi Navarroza is represented by Silverlens Galleries.
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