WAWI NAVARROZA is a photographer/multi-media artist from Manila, Philippines. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from De La Salle University, Manila and attended continuing education at the International Center of Photography, New York. Recently, Navarroza completed her scholarship at the Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid under the program European Master of Fine Art Photography.
Her work with contemporary photography has taken shape in highly-stylized symbolic mise-en-scène and tableau vivants to her more recent interest in landscape, constructed still life, and installation. Her landscape photographs propose a familiar ‘other place’ that opens up to fabricated emotional space that seem to be carved out by both personal and collective memory and amnesia.
Navarroza has widely exhibited in the Philippines and internationally. She has participated at the 2012 Tokyo Month of Photography presented by Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the Asian Art Biennale in Taichung, Taiwan (2011), the annual touring exhibition “CUT: New Photography from South East Asia” by VWFA Kuala Lumpur, ASEAN-Korea “Emerging Wave” Asian Contemporary Photography Exhibition in Seoul, Korea (2010) and “Verso Manila: contemporary art from the Philippines” in Turin, Italy (2009). She has also been shown at Angkor Photography Festival, Noorderlicht Photography Festival, and PhotoIreland.
Recent solo exhibits include: “ULTRAMAR, Pt.1: Gathered Throng, Falling Into Place” (2012), “Dominion” (2011), at Silverlens Gallery, Manila and “On Landscapes and Some Dislocations” at Galería Patrick Domken, Cadaqués, Spain.
She has received a number of awards such as the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Thirteen Artists Awards Triennial (2012), Lumi Photographic Art Awards, Helsinki (2011), and was finalist for the prestigious Sovereign Asian Art Prize (2011) and Singapore Museum Signature Art Prize (2011). Other awards include: International Photography Awards (2010), Portfolio Preis (2010, Germany), Prix de la Photographie Paris (2009) and two award-winning solo exhibitions: “POLYSACCHARIDE: The Dollhouse Drama” (2005) and “SATURNINE: A Collection of Portraits, Creatures, Glass, and Shadow” (2007) which was cited Winner at the Ateneo Art Awards 2007, Philippines. In 2009, Navarroza was awarded the first Asian Cultural Council-Silverlens Fellowship Grant to further her research and practice in New York City.
Her work has been shown in institutions such as the National Museum of the Philippines, Metropolitan Museum of Manila, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Hangaram Museum, Korea, National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan, and Fries Museum of Contemporary Art, Netherlands.
Navarroza has also worked as a lecturer of photography at De La Salle University and as an independent curator. She also sings for a post-punk rock band called The Late Isabel.
2012 Master Europeo de Fotografía del Autor (European Master of Fine Art Photography), scholarship awardee, Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid
2009 continuing education, International Center of Photography, New York City
2002 BA Communication Arts, with honors, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
(upcoming) Silverlens Gallery, Gillman Barracks, Singapore (three-person show) (upcoming) Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines (solo)
ULTRAMAR, Pt.1: Gathered Throng, Falling Into Place, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines (solo)
On Landscape & Some Dislocations, Galería Patrick Domken, Cadaqués, Costa Brava, Spain (solo)
Thirteen Artists Awards exhibition, Main Gallery, Cultural Center of the Philippines
Singapore International Photography Festival (SIPF), Singapore
Terra Cognita, Noorderlict Photo Festival, Museum Belvèdére, Heerenveen, The Netherlands Portfolio12: Migrations, PhotoIreland International Photography Festival, Dublin, Ireland
The Hope & The Dream in Filipino: Contemporary Photography from the Philippines, The Month of Photography Tokyo 2012, presented by The Photographic Society of Japan and Tokyo Museum of Photography
Asia One projections, Recyclart, Brussels, Belgium
Medi(t)ation: Asian Art Biennale 2011, National Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan DOMINION, Silverlens Gallery, Manila, Philippines (solo)
Touch Me: José Rizal 150 years, Hiraya Gallery, Manila (book)
Blind Field: Photography & Place, Silverlens Gallery, Manila (curator) Reaction Shots, The Metropolitan Museum of Manila
Photographers:Network, Studio Thomas Kellner, Siegen, Germany
25th Asian International Art Exhibition, Mongolian National Modern Art Gallery, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
It Was Always About Forever, (Navarroza & Zicarelli two-person exhibition), Valentine Willie Fine Art Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Emerging Wave: ASEAN-Korea Contemporary Photo Exhibition 2010, Hangaram Musem, Seoul, Korea
CUT10: Parallel Universe, New Photography from South East Asia, Valentine Willie Fine Art: Kuala Lumpur – Singapore -Yogyakarta – Manila
Verso Manila: Contemporary Filipino Artists in Turin, Verso Arte Contemporanea, Turin, Italy Perhaps it was possibly because, Silverlens Gallery, Manila (solo)
CUT09: Figure, New Photography from South East Asia, Valentine Willie Fine Art: Kuala Lumpur – Singapore -Yogyakarta – Manila
Swarm In The Aperture: Recent Photography in the Philippines, The National Museum of the Philippines
Another Asia, Goethe Haus, Jakarta, Indonesia
When All Is Said And Done, Artesan Gallery, Singapore (solo)
100 Años Entre Nosotros / 100 Years Between Us (Navarroza homage Frida Kahlo centennial) Galería de Exposiciones, Instituto Cervantes de Manila
Saturnine: A Collection of Portraits, Creatures, Glass & Shadow, Silverlens Gallery, Manila (solo) – McDermott Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia – ArtReflex Gallery, Saint- Petersburg, Russia
Another Asia, Fries Museum of Contemporary Art, Leeuwarden, Netherlands Angkor Photography Festival 2006, Siem Reap, Cambodia
Polysaccharide: The Dollhouse Drama, Blacksoup Project Artspace, Manila (solo) – Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila – La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia
Photo Festivals & Art Fairs
Singapore International Photography Festival 2012, in exhibition Noorderlicht Photo Festival, 2012, Netherlands, in exhibition PhotoIreland 2012, Dublin, selected portfolio
Pulse New York 2011, in exhibition
ART HK 2011, in exhibition
Fotomasterskie Peterburgskie 2007, St. Petersburg, Russia, guest artist Noorderlicht Photo Festival 2006, Netherlands, in exhibition
Angkor Photography Festival 2006, Cambodia, in exhibition
Portfolio12 – Migrations, published by PhotoIreland, Dublin, Ireland, 2012
Gracias por su visita by Wawi Navarroza (artist’s book),published by Hiraya Gallery, Manila, Philippines, 2011
Curare con l’arte contemporanea by Rebecca Russo published by Videoinsight®, Turin, Italy, 2010
Emerging Wave: Asian Contemporary Photography, published by ASEAN-Korea Centre, Seoul, Korea, 2010
The Philippine Yearbook 2009: 61 Artists Who Will Change The World, published by The Fookien Times, Manila, 2009
Another Asia, published by Aurora Borealis, Netherlands, 2006
Cultural Center of the Philippines Thirteen Artists Award recipient, 2012
Lumi Photographic Art Awards, Helsinki, Honorary Award Winner, 2011
Sovereign Asian Art Prize, Finalist, 2011
Signature Art Prize, Singapore Art Museum–Asia Pacific Breweries Foundation, Finalist, 2011 Istituto Europeo di Design, Madrid – Master Europeo de Fotografia de Autor, Scholarship Winner, 2011
International Photography Awards, 3rd Prize – Still Life, 2010 fotoMAGAZIN Portfolio Prize, Germany, 2010
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, 3rd Prize – Portraiture, France, 2009
Asian Cultural Council – Silverlens Foundation Fellowship Grant, New York, 2008 Ateneo Art Gallery – Artesan Gallery Artist Residency Grant, Singapore, 2007 Ateneo Art Awards, Manila, Winner for outstanding work on solo exhibit, 2007 Art Association of the Philippines, Gold Medal for Photography, 2001