“Chapters” evolved out of a need and commitment to acknowledge, document and archive maginalized histories. My source of inspiration came from monumental photographers James Van Der Zee and Martin Chambi, both of whom sought to uplift and ensure a future for their race through the photographic process. Landscapes and landmarks were key in capturing the presence of radical community groups like the Young Lords and Black Panther Party that permanetly altered our collective way of thinking. My work attempts to reconcile ideas of displacement and transition by referencing both the “reality” of lived experience versus the “spectacle” of mass-produced culture. I invest in these nuances to find a critical space which pushes past complacency, engages with the personal as a political stance, and addresses modes of resistance in the present moment.
William Cordova was born in Lima, Peru and raised in Miami, Florida. He earned his MFA from Yale University in 2004 and his BFA from The Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Cordova’s solo exhibitions have been hosted at P’alante, Arndt & Partner (Berlin, Germany), Drylongso (Pichqa Suyo), PS1 Contemporary Art Center, (NYC), and Project Row House (Houston, TX), among others. His work has been included in group exhibitions at the 2008 Prague Triennial (Prague, Czech Republic), Utopia Station, 50th Venice Biennale (Venice, Italy), PSI/MOMA, and the 2008 Whitney Biennial (both in NYC). He has participated in artist residencies at the Museum of Fine Arts, (Houston, TX), the Studio Museum (Harlem, NY), and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Skowhegan, ME), among others. Cordova has also received grants from the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the New York Community Trust, South Florida Cultural Consortium, and the Polaroid Film Artist Grant. He currently lives and works in Miami, Houston, and New York City.
William Cordova was an artist-in-residence at CPW in 2007.