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 postcolonialism 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).