/ Conceptual Art / Film/Video / Installation /Site-specific Art / Photography / Sculpture / Performance / Text and Writing
Art TrainingGraduate School / Goldsmiths, University of London / Otis College of Art and Design / École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts / Pasadena City College
Artadia / Artpace / Houston Center for Photography / Society for Photographic Education / Y.ES Contemporary
Francis Almendárez is an interdisciplinary artist who traverses the intersections of history, (auto)ethnography and the arts, using them as tools to address memory and trauma, specifically of im/migrant and queer bodies of Central American and Caribbean diasporas, in attempt to make sense of and re-construct identity. Being the product of a family of intergenerational im/migrants and having to frequently re-locate due to financial instability, he attempts to transform spatiotemporal dislocation and intersectionality into agency, resistance and autonomy by vocalizing and embodying the experiences of the marginalized, disenfranchised, or liminal Other. His work, ranging from video installation to performance and text, incorporates music and storytelling, and brings to the foreground time, labor, and rhythm. Combining personal narratives with those of his grandmother, Almendárez uses the biographical to collapse and juxtapose past, present, and future, subtly touching upon underlying, overlapping, and recurring themes from (post)colonialism to migrant labor to gender roles and motherhood. Working from the vantage point of both insider and outsider, he observes, he listens, and he collects. Then, he transforms the material from the personal to the political – and finally – to the poetic, in the effort to re-present and re-historicize alterity, and provide an alternative to the dominant Western narrative.
Francis Almendárez was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA and is currently living and working in Houston, TX. He has participated in exhibitions and screenings in the USA and abroad including at Artpace, San Antonio, TX; The Reading Room, Dallas, TX; National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan; and Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX. Almendárez is the recipient of a Houston Artadia Award, and the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship from Houston Center for Photography. He has also been a participant of the Artpace International Artist-in-Residence program, and the ICA Moscow Summer School.
Writing on his work has been featured in publications including D Magazine, spot Magazine, Artforum, ARTNEWS, and Glasstire among others. He teaches as part of the faculty at the University of Houston, Houston Community College, Houston Center for Photography and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Almendárez received an MFA in Fine Art (with Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London and a BFA in Sculpture/New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design.