I am a Chilean born, London based artist and researcher working with photography and exploring geopolitical power dynamics in minerals, geographies and historical narratives. My interconnected research projects involve extensive fieldwork, investigative analysis and visual documentation into sites and materials of symbolic significance. I use site-specific working methodologies.
In the series 'Copper Geographies', I investigate the links between distressed ecologies of copper exploitation in the Atacama Desert, Chile and global centres of consumption and trade in Britain. I understand landscape as a cultural construction; the result of problematic images, whose supposed innocence and peacefulness needs to be demystified. I am interested in challenging the viewer to reflect on what is lurking behind idyllic landscapes that can express the impact of capitalism.
With 'Mapping Domeyko' I try to reconstruct the adventures and endeavours of pioneering Polish mineralogist, Ignacy Domeyko (1802-1889), who moved to Chile in 1838, invited by the Chilean government, to establish a mineralogical school and ended up being a fundamental cultural resource for Latin America, as he introduced the metrical system.
'Intuitive Projects' is perhaps a more personal series where I respond to the alluring discovery of having an illustrious ancestor, in whose mind I seem to find uncannily similar patterns and preoccupations. Painter, poet, playboy and boxer Alvaro Guevara (1894-1951), who moved to England to study at the Slade School of Fine Art and whose work - at least the pieces survived from a severe bombing in 1940 - are held in the Tate Collections.
I was awarded a practice-based PhD in 2016 from the School of Arts and Humanities of the University of Brighton. My thesis titled 'The Copper Geographies of Britain and Chile: A Photographic Study of Mining' is part of 'Traces of Nitrate: Mining History and Photography between Britain and Chile', a research project developed in collaboration with Art and Design Historian Louise Purbrick and photographer Xavier Ribas, which has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).