“In Almendarez’s inspired and ambitious multi-channel video installation works, we were moved by investigations of memory and history evident in thoughtful manipulations of mood, and temporal and physical distance. We look forward to following the development of their promising practices.”
-Dean Daderko & Kanitra Fletcher
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.