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Navigating the Archives Within - Francis Alamndarez

This week we are happy to announce the first three artists selected for our Screening Room Programme through open call.

Francis Almandárez will be featured in September with the video Navigating the Archives Within (2020).

Francis is an artist, filmmaker, and educator working at the intersections of history, (auto)ethnography, and cultural production. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, and is currently based in Houston, Texas. Francis received an MFA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths, University of London, and a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design.

His practice addresses memory and trauma, specifically of im/migrant, queer, working-class bodies of Central America, the Caribbean, and the Diasporas. Being the product of a family of intergenerational im/migrants and having to frequently relocate due to financial instability, he attempts to transform spatiotemporal dislocation and intersectionality into agency, resistance, and autonomy.

Francis's work has been featured in exhibitions at San Antonio Museum of Art; El Museo del Barrio, New York, NY; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, TW; the Reading Room, Dallas, TX, and Houston Center for Photography, TX, among others. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Houston School of Art and serves on the Board of DiverseWorks, Houston.

Image 1, still from Francis' film Navigating the Archives, showing musicians playing instruments surrounded by plants and in front of a projection of clips of film.