I am a Chilean born, London based visual artist and researcher. My practice explores and reflects on the geo-political power dynamics in mineral industries, geographies and historical narratives. My interconnected research projects involve extensive historical research, fieldwork, diverse forms of mapping, the collection of archival materials and new photographic documentation with analogue large and medium format cameras. My work develops using 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).
I have had 4 individual exhibitions at: Wild Pansy Press Project Space, Leeds (2015); Galeria Moro, Santiago of Chile (2011); London Festival of Architecture (2010); and, Blank Gallery, Porstlade (2008). I have taken part in 15 group exhibitions and festivals internationally, including: Noorderlicht Photofestival, Neatherlands (2016); Biennial of the End of the World, Argentina (2015); Parque Cultural Cerro Carcel, Valparaiso, Chile (2015); Birkbeck University (2013); Galeria AFA, Chile (2011); This is Not a Gateway Festival, London (2011); London Festival of Architecture (2010); Brighton Photo Fringe (2008); and, Independents Liverpool Biennial (2006). I have undertaken 5 artistic residencies, including: Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, Poland (2015-17); LOOK15 Festival, Liverpool (2014); Dispositivo 2, Chile (2014). I have organized and contributed to 13 conferences and lectures at academic institution, including: Chelsea School of Arts, London College of Communications, Metropolitan University, Plymouth University, Slade School of Fine Arts, University of Brighton, University of Durham and University of Leeds. I have delivered 8 artists talks in private and public institutions including: AFA Gallery, Chile; Ch.ACO Art Fair, Santiago of Chile; The Bluecoat, Liverpool; Parasol Unit: Foundation for Contemporary Art, London; Royal Geographical Society, London. I have been awarded 4 awards from public institutions, such as AHRC, FONDART (Chilean National funding body) and twice from University of Brighton. My work has appeared in 10 publications, and have received 9 printed and online reviews.