My research-based practice incorporates the use of photography (digital, camera-less, and alternative processes), 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 pieces are 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.
Current creative research has led me to a variety of topics, mediums, and formats. Through this examination, my work explores themes such as memory, time and space, identity, ephemerality and abstraction, materiality, rituality, religiosity, and storytelling. My experimental methods are based on the use of new media narratives, rephotography, stereoscope techniques, camera-less photography, and augmented reality technology.
Integrating 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.
Over the last decade, one of my primary focus and biggest project has been to explore the cultural and religious identity of Peruvian rituals and festivals, especially in the village of Paucartambo through its biggest religious celebration: Mamacha Carmen (mamacha is the Quechua word for mother). 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.