Wawi Navarroza is a Filipino contemporary artist mostly identified for her works using photography, recently following a cycle of work depicting notions of looking at contemporary landscape seen from an experiential, self-reflexive point of view. Her approach to the medium 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. The artist is interested in investigating displacements, disorientation and discovery.
She has exhibited widely in the Philippines and internationally, including National Museum of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Singapore Art Museum 8Q, Hangaram Museum, Korea, National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, and Fries Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum Belvedere, Netherlands, also in art fairs and festivals, with a recent showing at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018.
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 finalist for Singapore Museum Signature Art Prize, WMA Commission Hong Kong and currently (ongoing) Sovereign Asian Art Prize 2018.
Her art has been surveyed in books such as “Photography Today" (Phaidon) “Contemporary Photography in Asia” (Prestel) and “Photography in South East Asia” by Zuang Wubin (NUS Press). Navarroza has 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”, launched respectively at Offprint Paris and PS1MoMA. In 2015, she founded Thousandfold, a contemporary photography platform and the first photobook library in Manila, with Thousandfold Small Press as its publishing arm. 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 Master Europeo de Fotografía de Autor at Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid.
Currently, she lives and works in Manila. She also sings for the rock band The Late Isabel.
Wawi Navarroza is represented by Silverlens Galleries.