The Other Shore

Wawi Navarroza
Silverlens, New York

About

    Silverlens New York is delighted to kick off 2024 with a solo exhibition by Filipina artist Wawi Navarroza, a leading figure in contemporary Southeast Asian art. The show marks Navarroza’s first-ever solo exhibition in the United States after more than a quarter-century of photography practice. The Other Shore will be on view from January 11, 2024 to March 2, 2024. Born in Manila and moving between Manila, Madrid, and Istanbul, Navarroza is known for her large-format photographic tableaus and self-portraits. Her exhibition at Silverlens New York chronicles her work from 2016 to 2023, and invites new audiences into her expansive worldbuilding, where language is replaced by a vivid and opulent lexicon consisting of objects, place and cross-cultural exchange.

    Examining the duality of worlds in the East and West, the individual and the collective, and personal identity and experience, Navarroza documents cycles of change, lineage, and transfiguration. Anchoring her exploration in folk memory, she delves into concepts of shame, superiority, and the provincial to unlearn and reclaim a legacy of Oriental art from various Asias, spanning Anatolia to the Pacific, and including Ottoman, Persian, and Indian art. Incorporated within her work are traces of the Philippines' post-colonial past, a history inherently linked to Hispanic culture, and exhibited in the prevailing Catholic iconographies and use of 'fiesta' colors. Drawing inspiration from Chinese screens, Japanese ukiyo-e, Thai Buddhist murals, and thangka painting from Bhutan, she creates an opulence of symbolism, mystery, and meaning.

    The body of work featured in The Other Shore illustrates Navarroza's artistic evolution, moving from a phase characterized by exclusively monochromatic and austere tones to her current, heightened practice defined by the embrace of vibrant, tropical hues. This transformative shift was brought about by a series of misfortunes and dramatic changes, which the artist vanquished and transfigured into art. A pivotal chapter in New York, defined by Navarroza’s critical questioning surrounding her chosen medium during her Asian Cultural Council fellowship and continuing education at the International Center of Photography, ultimately culminated in a triumphant return, marked by a vibrant reengagement evident in spirited, dynamic, and daring polychromatic works.

    Featuring a series of bricolage self-portraits that explore the intimate connection between women, reproduction, and the enduring essence of art, Navarroza employs an ornate and multi-layered aesthetic within a controlled studio setting. Integrating lens-work, photographic lighting, and the deliberate arrangement of objects, her work illuminates the peaks and valleys of the female experience, creating a portrait of Woman and her threshold of a thousand rebirths. Portraits in the series such as "Tropical Gothic" and "As Wild As We Come" were meticulously crafted through years of travel between the Philippines, Spain, Türkiye and numerous other countries. As a result, these works serve as a catalog of years marked by celebrations, transformations, and rebirth.

    Throughout a lifetime of practice, Navarroza has employed her corporeal form as an artistic medium. Through her artwork, she elevates the portrayal of women beyond mere material creators, positioning them as inherent, innate forces within both art and the world.

    Co-presented by Silverlens and Arc Gin, a conversation between Navarroza and Christopher Y. Lew will be held on Saturday, January 20, starting at 1pm. Attendees can register by email at rsvpny@silverlensgalleries.com.

    Wawi Navarroza (b. 1979, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina lens-based artist. Recognized as one of the foremost names in contemporary Southeast Asian art, she is known for her vibrant large format photographic tableaus and self-portraits which allude to the hybridity of identity, photography, and place.

    Born in Manila, with higher education in the West, and moving between Madrid and Istanbul, Navarroza draws upon her transnational experiences to create in-studio collages using a variety of materials, mise en scène, and herself. Informed by tropicality within the context of post-colonial dialogue and globalization, and conscious of her role as a female artist, Navarroza employs her corporeal form as an artistic medium. Her body of work serves as a testament to the various facets and stages of the women's narrative, portraying woman as creator.

    Navarroza’s scenes and depictions emphasize the often overlooked power of symbolic allegory, folk memory, and imaginations of the exoticized “East” to create a rich visual lexicon of criss-crossing references and riddles. She champions textiles, ornament, domestic décor, the handmade, the mass-produced, the high-low, the vernacular and indigenous, as well as the cosmopolitan and the worldly. Captivated by the in-between, Navarroza blends the edges to define her signature tropical gothic.

    Navarroza has received a number of awards such as the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Grant New York, Lucas Artists Fellowship Award for Visual Arts San Francisco, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards, Ateneo Art Awards, Lumi Photographic Art Awards Helsinki, and a finalist for Singapore Museum Signature Art Prize, WMA Commission Hong Kong and Sovereign Asian Art Prize. Her work has been exhibited in museums internationally including the the National Museum of the Philippines, National Gallery Singapore, Hangaram Museum (Korea), National Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Yogyakarta National Museum (Indonesia), Fries Museum of Contemporary Art & Museum Belvedere (Netherlands), Danubiana Museum (Slovakia), and in galleries in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, London, Spain, Italy, and Russia.

Silverlens New York is delighted to kick off 2024 with a solo exhibition by Filipina artist Wawi Navarroza, a leading figure in contemporary Southeast Asian art. The show marks Navarroza’s first-ever solo exhibition in the United States after more than a quarter-century of photography practice. The Other Shore will be on view from January 11, 2024 to March 2, 2024. Born in Manila and moving between Manila, Madrid, and Istanbul, Navarroza is known for her large-format photographic tableaus and self-portraits. Her exhibition at Silverlens New York chronicles her work from 2016 to 2023, and invites new audiences into her expansive worldbuilding, where language is replaced by a vivid and opulent lexicon consisting of objects, place and cross-cultural exchange.

Examining the duality of worlds in the East and West, the individual and the collective, and personal identity and experience, Navarroza documents cycles of change, lineage, and transfiguration. Anchoring her exploration in folk memory, she delves into concepts of shame, superiority, and the provincial to unlearn and reclaim a legacy of Oriental art from various Asias, spanning Anatolia to the Pacific, and including Ottoman, Persian, and Indian art. Incorporated within her work are traces of the Philippines' post-colonial past, a history inherently linked to Hispanic culture, and exhibited in the prevailing Catholic iconographies and use of 'fiesta' colors. Drawing inspiration from Chinese screens, Japanese ukiyo-e, Thai Buddhist murals, and thangka painting from Bhutan, she creates an opulence of symbolism, mystery, and meaning.

The body of work featured in The Other Shore illustrates Navarroza's artistic evolution, moving from a phase characterized by exclusively monochromatic and austere tones to her current, heightened practice defined by the embrace of vibrant, tropical hues. This transformative shift was brought about by a series of misfortunes and dramatic changes, which the artist vanquished and transfigured into art. A pivotal chapter in New York, defined by Navarroza’s critical questioning surrounding her chosen medium during her Asian Cultural Council fellowship and continuing education at the International Center of Photography, ultimately culminated in a triumphant return, marked by a vibrant reengagement evident in spirited, dynamic, and daring polychromatic works.

Featuring a series of bricolage self-portraits that explore the intimate connection between women, reproduction, and the enduring essence of art, Navarroza employs an ornate and multi-layered aesthetic within a controlled studio setting. Integrating lens-work, photographic lighting, and the deliberate arrangement of objects, her work illuminates the peaks and valleys of the female experience, creating a portrait of Woman and her threshold of a thousand rebirths. Portraits in the series such as "Tropical Gothic" and "As Wild As We Come" were meticulously crafted through years of travel between the Philippines, Spain, Türkiye and numerous other countries. As a result, these works serve as a catalog of years marked by celebrations, transformations, and rebirth.

Throughout a lifetime of practice, Navarroza has employed her corporeal form as an artistic medium. Through her artwork, she elevates the portrayal of women beyond mere material creators, positioning them as inherent, innate forces within both art and the world.

Co-presented by Silverlens and Arc Gin, a conversation between Navarroza and Christopher Y. Lew will be held on Saturday, January 20, starting at 1pm. Attendees can register by email at rsvpny@silverlensgalleries.com.

Wawi Navarroza (b. 1979, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipina lens-based artist. Recognized as one of the foremost names in contemporary Southeast Asian art, she is known for her vibrant large format photographic tableaus and self-portraits which allude to the hybridity of identity, photography, and place.

Born in Manila, with higher education in the West, and moving between Madrid and Istanbul, Navarroza draws upon her transnational experiences to create in-studio collages using a variety of materials, mise en scène, and herself. Informed by tropicality within the context of post-colonial dialogue and globalization, and conscious of her role as a female artist, Navarroza employs her corporeal form as an artistic medium. Her body of work serves as a testament to the various facets and stages of the women's narrative, portraying woman as creator.

Navarroza’s scenes and depictions emphasize the often overlooked power of symbolic allegory, folk memory, and imaginations of the exoticized “East” to create a rich visual lexicon of criss-crossing references and riddles. She champions textiles, ornament, domestic décor, the handmade, the mass-produced, the high-low, the vernacular and indigenous, as well as the cosmopolitan and the worldly. Captivated by the in-between, Navarroza blends the edges to define her signature tropical gothic.

Navarroza has received a number of awards such as the Asian Cultural Council Fellowship Grant New York, Lucas Artists Fellowship Award for Visual Arts San Francisco, Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards, Ateneo Art Awards, Lumi Photographic Art Awards Helsinki, and a finalist for Singapore Museum Signature Art Prize, WMA Commission Hong Kong and Sovereign Asian Art Prize. Her work has been exhibited in museums internationally including the the National Museum of the Philippines, National Gallery Singapore, Hangaram Museum (Korea), National Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan), Yogyakarta National Museum (Indonesia), Fries Museum of Contemporary Art & Museum Belvedere (Netherlands), Danubiana Museum (Slovakia), and in galleries in Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, London, Spain, Italy, and Russia.

Installation Views

Works

Wawi Navarroza
The Fire Youʼre Made Of (Ignis Mirabilis, Self-Portrait After the Fire)
2019
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archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, with artistʼs frame: double wood frame custom-tinted to artist's skin tone
53.0h x 40.0w in • 135.62h x 101.60w cm
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Rosas Pandan (Volviendo, Self-Portrait)
2023
12582
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archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre, cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, with artist's frame: glazed and colored frame with blue fabric, green lace and artisanal patadyong textile wrapped on wooden mat board
53h x 40w in • 134.60h x 101.60w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
Remember Who You Are (Strange Fruit/The Other Asian, Self-Portrait with Pineapple)
2019
12581
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archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, with artistʼs frame: wrapped fabric on wood, colored frame
45.0h x 34.0w in • 114.3h x 86.36w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
La Bruja (All the Places She's Gone, Self-Portrait)
2019
12579
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archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, with artistʼs frame: wrapped fabric on double wood frame custom-tinted to artist's skin tone
40.0h x 53.0w in • 101.6h x 133.35w cm
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2 Rocks (Atlantic, Pacific)
2023
12578
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archival pigment print, cold-mounted on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wrapped fabric on wooden mat board
31h x 24w in • 78.70h x 61w cm
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The Heap/Viva La Vida (Portrait of A Female Artist at 40, Self-Portrait)
2019
12584
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archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, with artistʼs frame: wrapped fabric on double wood frame custom-tinted to artist's skin tone
47.5h x 60w in x 2d in • 120.7h x 152.4w x 5d cm
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Wawi Navarroza
Mouth of Pearls / Oryental & Overseas (Self- Portrait)
2022
12591
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
53h x 40w in • 134.62h x 101.60w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter/The Self-Portraitist (After Alcuáz, Self-Portrait)
2019
12595
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archival pigment print on Hahnemühle, cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, with artistʼs frame: wrapped fabric on double wood frame custom-tinted to artist's skin tone
40h x 53.30w in • 101.60h x 135.38w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
Portals / Double Portrait (Self-Portraits)
2022
12589
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
46.0h x 40.0w in • 117.0h x 101.0w cm
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New Pleasures
2022
12590
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
31.0h x 24.0w in • 80.0h x 60.0w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
Poleng, 3 Ways (soft sculpture)
2016
12580
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archival pigment print, cold-mounted on acid-free aluminum, encased with artistʼs frame: wrapped fabric on double wood frame
30.0h x 20.0w in • 76.2h x 50.8w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
Brave New World
2022
12594
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
31.50h x 23.62w in • 80h x 60w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
La Bruja II / Vagus (Self-Portrait Rebirthing the Self)
2022
12592
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
53h x 40w in • 134.62h x 101.60w cm
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Pretty Savage / Anthurium Minoa Theodora Sforza
2022
12588
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
53h x 40w in • 134.62h x 101.60w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
Todo Lo Que Tengo / Bottomless / Bereket (Self- Portrait with Vessels)
2022
12585
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
53h x 40w in • 134.62h x 101.60w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
The Weightlifter Orans / Auit at Gaua (Self- Portrait with Blue Ribbon)
2022
12586
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Archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond Artist frame with wooden mat board and glazed, colored frame
53h x 40w in • 134.62h x 101.60w cm
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The Shopper / Heart Sutra (Self-Portrait with Artichoke)
2022
12587
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
39.0h x 37.0w in • 100.0h x 93.0w cm
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Wawi Navarroza
Homeing (Self-Portrait of a New Mother)
2022
12593
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archival pigment ink on Hahnemühle Photo Lustre mounted on dibond artist's frame: glazed, colored frame with wooden mat board
31.0h x 24.0w in • 80.0h x 60.0w cm
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