Wawi Navarroza

Wawi Navarroza (b. 1979) was born in Manila, Philippines where she currently lives and works. In 2002, Navarroza graduated with a BA in Communication Arts, with honours, from De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines, and in 2009 attended International Center of Photography in New York. In 2012, she completed her scholarship for the Eauropean Master of Fine Art Photography programme at the Istituto Europeo di Design-Madrid, Spain.  Navarroza creates works across a wide range of media, but is primarily known for her use of photography. She creates highly stylised photographs in which she investigates displacements, disorientation and discovery, reflecting on the exploration of a deeper sense of place and identity. 


Solo exhibitions include (Upcoming) Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London,  (2022); Self-Portraits & The Tropical Gothic, Silverlens Galleries, Manila (2019); Medusa, Silverlens Galleries, Manila (2017); Tierra Salvaje, Silverlens, Manila (2014); Ultramar pt. 2: Hunt & Gather, Terraria, Silverlens, Manila (2013); Ultramar pt. 1: Falling Into Place Gathered Throng, Silverlens, Manila (2012); On Landscape & Some Dislocations, Galería Patrick Domken, Cadaqués, Spain (2012); DOMINION, Silverlens, Manila (2011); Perhaps it was possibly because, Silverlens, Manila (2009); When All Is Said And Done, Artesan Gallery, Singapore (2008); Saturnine: A Collection of Portraits, Creatures, Glass & Shadow, Silverlens, Manila / McDermott Gallery, Siem Reap, Cambodia / ArtReflex Gallery, Saint-Petersburg, Russia (2007); Polysaccharide: The Dollhouse Drama, Blacksoup Project Artspace, Manila / Ateneo Art Gallery, Manila / La Trobe University, Bendigo, Australia (2005).


Selected group exhibitions include Run with Wolves, Lawrie Shabibi gallery, Dubai (2021); Tonight The Air Is Warm, Kristin Hjellegjerde Gallery, London (2021); SF Camerawork, San Francisco (2021); Viva La Frida!, Drents Museum, Netherlands (2021); Anticipating the Day, Silverlens, Manila (2020); Taboo, Vinyl on Vinyl, Makati (2019); Not Visual Noise: Philippine Photography, Ateneo Art Gallery at Areté, Quezon City (2019); ART|JOG|11 Enlightenment, Yogyakarta National Museum, Jogjakarta, Indonesia (2018); Artists’ Books for Everything, Weserburg Museum of Modern Art, Bremen, Germany (2017); Roundabout: Wawi Navarroza, Mark Valenzuela, Riel Hilario, Adelaide Central Gallery, Australia (2016); Surface Tension: Perspective on the Changing Landscape, Alliance Française de Manille for COP:21 Paris (2015); Still Moving: After Image, South-East Asian contemporary photography survey show, Singapore Art Museum 8Q, Singapore (2014); and The Hope & The Dream in Filipino: Contemporary Photography from the Philippines, The Month of Photography Tokyo 2012, presented by The Photographic Society of Japan and Tokyo Museum of Photography, Tokyo, Japan (2012).


Highlights and collections. Wawi Navarroza was awarded Kuala Lumpur International Photography Awards in 2018. Her art has been surveyed in major publications such as “Photography Today" (Phaidon) and “Contemporary Photography in Asia” (Prestel). Furthermore, she has published two books of her own, “DOMINION” and “Hunt & Gather, Terraria”. In 2015, Navarroza founded THOUSANDFOLD, a platform for contemporary photography and a library for photobooks in Manila with the aim to further educate and encourage increased publication of photography from the Philippines. Navarroza also works as an educator and mentor of photography through workshops, talks, jury, and portfolio reviews, both locally and internationally. Her works are included in important public and private collections, including Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines); Menarco Collection / The Vertical Museum, Bonifacio Global City, Philippines; Metropolitan Museum of the Philippines; Stora Enso Photography Museum, Oulu, Finland.