My research-based practice incorporates the use of photography, film and video transcending the specifics of the medium and offering a new understanding of the world, stressing the conceptual art-making capacities of each form.
My visual art practice is related to my work and studies in philosophy, theology, art education, audiovisual communication, outreach, and volunteerism. I spent many years working with people who live in very poor conditions in the Peruvian Andes. These encounters in Peru and other countries have shaped who I am as an artist/person and have led me to question social realities, face internal struggles, and open my mind to new knowledge and life experiences.
Over the last decade, my primary focus has been to explore the cultural and religious identity of Peruvian rituals and festivals, especially in the village of Paucartambo through its biggest celebration: Mamacha Carmen (mamacha is the Quechua word for mother). While I explore the identity of Paucartambo, at the same time I am exploring my own identity, belonging and connection to this town and its people.
Rituals are intrinsic to the Peruvian people and their centuries-old culture. Despite the influence of technology, migration, and globalization, these ritual celebrations preserve their essence and reconnect families and friends with their traditions and identities.
The experience of researching and writing a book about Mamacha Carmen, using my photographs, and building a complete set of altarpieces, illustrates the importance of visualization in my journey and its influence on my projects.
Current research has led me to other topics, mediums, and formats. Through this examination, my work tries to be a bridge that connects my art practice to my identity.
Working with digital tools and alternative traditional printing processes, my work is helping me to open my horizons and to cross the boundaries established between being inside and outside of the different cultures that are part of my life.