Foto Relevance invites you to the gallery for a conversation between artist Karen Navarro and Erika Mei Chua Holum, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Assistant Curator at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. The two will discuss work in Navarro's solo show Somos Millones (we are millions), which highlights first, second, and third generation American immigrants through deconstructed and reconstructed photo sculptures. Building upon her 2021 solo exhibition at Foto Relevance, The Constructed Self, Navarro's new bodies of work expand upon notions of identity and belonging in the series Neither Here Nor There and América Utópica.
Join us on Saturday, January 28th at 11am for coffee, light bites, and conversation.
Erika Mei Chua Holum (she/they) is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Assistant Curator at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. Her curatorial work and research focus on intimacies and interconnected (hi)stories revealed through artistic practices, south-south relationships, ways of gathering, and archival methods following forms of historical displacements. She has contributed to projects and exhibitions worldwide, such as makibaka! Fifty Years of Filipino-American Youth Activism at Alief Art House (2021), Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2020), the Second Edition of the Lagos Biennial in Nigeria (2019), and Obscura Festival of Photography in Malaysia (2018). Erika holds an MA in Museum and Exhibition Studies from the University of Illinois, Chicago and is completing a Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 2023.