WAWI NAVARROZA - ‘AS WILD AS WE COME’

19aug(aug 19)11:00 am17sep(sep 17)6:00 pmWAWI NAVARROZA - ‘AS WILD AS WE COME’LONDON, UK
Weaving together a multitude of references from ancient and contemporary cultures, ‘As Wild As We Come’, Wawi Navarroza's first solo show in London at Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery’s London Bridge space, contemplates the never-ending formation and flux of self as we cross geographical, corporeal and spiritual thresholds. 

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Wawi Navarroza  – ‘As Wild As We Come’ 

19 August – 17 September 2022 

Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK 

Weaving together a multitude of references from ancient and contemporary cultures, ‘As Wild As We Come’, Wawi Navarroza’s first solo show in London at Kristin Hjellegjerde gallery’s London Bridge space, contemplates the never-ending formation and flux of self as we cross geographical, corporeal and spiritual thresholds. 

Born in Manila in the Philippines, Navarroza’s practice is rooted in a deep, embodied sense of place that is best understood through the lens of ‘Tropical Gothic’ – a term coined by Filipino national artist Nick Joaquin. Navarroza describes the Tropical Gothic as a fitting portrait of Filipino culture that is a syncretic blend of the local with a heady mix of Spanish Catholic and American Pop while remaining distinctly South East Asian. 

This latest body of work marks a particularly transformational period for the artist in which she has become a mother and moved across the globe from Manila to Istanbul, a country which sits on the cusp of Asia and Europe, the ancient and modern world. Though both experiences were destabilising in different ways, the artist chooses to reflect on how they have enriched her perspectives of the world and renewed her connection to both her body and art. There is a distinct celebratory atmosphere throughout: in the riotous melding of colour, pattern and texture that – an aesthetic that recalls the artist’s memories of fiestas in Manila – and in the depiction of birthday cakes, in a trio of still life works, that refer to the birth of Navarozza’s child but also her own rebirth as a mother. 

Wawi Navarroza Artist Talk with Marv Recinto: Saturday the 20th of August at 3:00 pm London (London Bridge)

Wawi Navarroza, Todo Lo Que Tengo: Bottomless: Bereket (Self-portrait With Vessels), 2022, & Wawi Navarroza, Pretty Savage: Anthurium Minoa Theodora Sforza, 2022. Copyright The Artist. 

Event information from Kristin Hjellegjerde 

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Time

August 19 (Friday) 11:00 am - September 17 (Saturday) 6:00 pm

Location

London, UK