Photo credit: Self portrait

Ep.157 Karen Navarro is an Argentinian-born multidisciplinary artist currently living and working in Houston. Navarro works on a diverse array of mediums that include photography, collage, the use of text and sculpture. Her image-based work and multimedia practice investigate the intersections of identity, representation, race, and belonging in reference to her migrant experience, her Indigenous identity and the history of colonization and its influence. Her constructed portraits are known for pushing the boundaries of traditional photography and the use of color. Navarro has won numerous awards and grants for her mixed-media photography, among them the Artadia Fellowship and the Top Ten Lensculture Critics’ Choice Award, and has been shortlisted for several more, including the Photo London Emerging Photographer of the Year Award and The Royal Photographic Society, IPE 163. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. Selected shows include Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), USA; Galerija Upuluh, Zagreb, Croatia; FAR Center for Contemporary Arts, Bloomington, USA; Holocaust Museum Houston, USA; Artpace, San Antonio, USA and Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Navarro’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including ARTnews, The Guardian, Observer, Rolling Stone Italia, and Photo Vogue Festival Italia.

Karen Navarro




Houstonia Magazine



The Guardian

Harper’s Magazine

Rolling Stone Italia


– Fragment, 2019
Archival inkjet print, wood panel, acrylic paint, Epoxy
48 x 56 in

Shine America 2043, 2021
Archival inkjet print, wood, neon, paint, and resin
45 × 85 × 5 in

Fragmentos, 2021
Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy
69.5 x 46in

Twisted variation, 2021
Archival inkjet print, wood, gesso, metal, acrylic paint, Epoxy
24 × 24 × 15 in