Francis Almendárez and Ana Fernandez
Sun, Mar 10, 2019 - Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Sunday, March 10, 1-5pm
Jonathan Hopson is pleased to present a two person exhibition curated by Debra Barrera, bringing together Francis Almendárez, a 2018 Artadia Houston Award recipient, and Ana Fernandez, a 2018 Artpace artist-in-residence.
Curated by Creative Director, Debra Barrera - Nuestro Hogar is a two person exhibition featuring Francis Almendárez and Ana Fernandez that investigates the concepts of creating and recreating home space through the lens of identity and personal history.
The exhibition will also be featured as a participating space in the inaugural Latin Art Now biennial which "brings together renowned scholars across the country to discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and scholarship within Latin and Hispanic communities."
Francis Almendárez (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA) is an interdisciplinary artist who traverses the intersections of history, ethnography and the arts. In attempt to make sense of and re-construct identity, he uses them as tools to address memory and trauma, specifically of migrant and queer bodies of Caribbean and Central American diasporas. 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.
Almendárez has participated in national and international exhibitions and screenings including Voices of Our Mothers: Transcending Time and Distance, Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX (2018); Sisyphus, Ver.20.18, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taichung, Taiwan (2018); Family Reunion, Pi Artworks, London, UK (2017); Videosubbota-2, CCI Fabrika, Moscow, Russia (2017); and Le Paradis, un peu plus loin, GALERIE DIX9, Paris, France (2017). Almendárez is the recipient of the Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography (2018) and a participant of the ICA Moscow Summer School (2015). Almendárez received an MFA in Fine Art (with Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London (2016) and a BFA in Sculpture/New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design (2013).
Ana Fernandez is a multidisciplinary artist who explores the diverse landscapes of Latino communities in South Texas through landscape painting, portraiture and through her work as a street vendor in her food truck, The Institute of Chili.
Fernandez holds a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from UCLA. She has exhibited at Women & Their Work Gallery (2012), Institute of Texan Cultures (2012), McNay Art Museum (2018), Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (2017), Blue Star Contemporary (2012), and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2018). The Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection currently houses her official archives at the University of Texas at Austin. Ana is a recipient of both the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2017 and an Artpace Artist in Residence in 2018.