Francis Almendárez (b. 1987, Los Angeles, CA) is an artist, filmmaker, and educator working at the intersections of history, (auto)ethnography, and cultural production. He uses them as tools to address memory and trauma in an attempt to reconstruct identity, specifically of im/migrant, queer, working-class communities of Central America, the Caribbean, and the 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 familial histories, 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 exhibitions and screenings in the USA and abroad including at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, TX (2021); Aurora Picture Show (2020): Galveston Arts Center (2020); Artpace, San Antonio, TX (2019); The Reading Room, Dallas, TX (2019); National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (2018); Houston Center for Photography (2018); Pi Artworks, London, UK (2017); CCI Fabrika, Moscow, Russia (2017); and GALERIE DIX9, Paris, France (2017). Almendárez is the recipient of a Carol Crow Memorial Fellowship and artist grants, in collaboration with his brother Anthony Almendárez, from Y.ES
Contemporary and the City of Houston. He has also been a participant of the Artpace International Artist-in-Residence program, and the ICA Moscow Summer School. Almendárez received his MFA in Fine Art (with Distinction) from Goldsmiths, University of London, and BFA in Sculpture/New Genres from Otis College of Art and Design.
Francis Almendarez is the recipient of the 2018 Houston Artadia Award.