Wawi Navarroza

b. 1979, Manila, Philippines
Lives and works in Istanbul, Turkey

Wawi Navarroza is an Istanbul-based Filipina multidisciplinary artist known for her works in photography. Her images navigate self and surrounding in constructed tableaus and self-portraits, as well as landscape and installation. She is informed by tropicality within the dynamics of post-colonial dialogue, globalization, and the artist as a transnational agent. As a female artist, Southeast Asian and Filipino, her works transmute lived experience to the symbolic while probing materials and studio practice; exploring the hybridity of identity, photography and place.

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 with a Fellowship Grant from the Asian Cultural Council. For a few years she has been based in Spain where she finished her Masters in Contemporary Photography (Master Europeo de Fotografía de Autor), a scholarship awarded by Instituto Europeo di Design in Madrid.

Solo exhibitions include ‘As Wild As We Come’, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London, UK (2022); ‘Self-Portraits & The Tropical Gothic’, Silverlens Galleries, Manila, Philippines (2019); ‘Medusa’, Silverlens Galleries, Manila, Philippines (2017); ‘On Landscape & Some Dislocations’, Galería Patrick Domken, Cadaqués, Spain (2012); ‘When All Is Said And Done’, Artesan Gallery, Singapore (2008); ‘Saturnine: A Collection of Portraits, Creatures, Glass & Shadow’, Silverlens, Manila, Philippines / McDermott Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia / ArtReflex Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (2007); ‘Polysaccharide: The Dollhouse Drama’, Blacksoup Project Artspace, Manila, Philippines / Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila, Philippines / La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia (2005).

Biography information from www.kristinhjellegjerde.com, August 2022

Country: Philippines