Francis Almendárez (USA)

Anthropozänta 2023

Francis Almendárez (USA)

Francis Almendárez (b. 1987) was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, USA and is based between Southern California and Houston, TX. He 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. He is currently Assistant Professor of Photography/Video and Studio Art in the Department of Art & Design at California State University, San Bernardino, and serves on the Board of the arts non-profit DiverseWorks in Houston, TX.

Almendárez is an artist, filmmaker, and educator employing history, autoethnography, and cultural production as tools to address memory and trauma, in an attempt to unpack and reconstruct identity, specifically of im/migrant, queer, working-class communities of Central America and the Diasporas. His work, ranging from filmic installations to performances and texts, incorporates music and storytelling, and brings to the foreground time, labor, and rhythm. Combining personal narratives with familial histories, Almendárez uses the biographical to collapse and superimpose past, present, and future, subtly interweaving underlying, overlapping, and recurring themes from (post)colonialism to migrant labor to the matriarchal family and gender roles. 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.

https://francisalmendarez.com