I am a Chilean-born, London-based artist and researcher working with photography and exploring geopolitical power dynamics around minerals, their geographies and historical narratives. My interconnected research projects involve extensive fieldwork, investigative analysis, visual documentation and critical writing on sites and materials of symbolic significance. I work with places made vulnerable through exploitation of ecologies by colonial intervention and intensive capitalisation. I focus upon resistance to extractivist industrial impact on valuable natural environments and, through technologies of seeing, I develop work towards the generation of meaningful visual narratives. My work as an artist is situated within the urgent need for artistic approaches to address critically the depleted landscapes created by mining.
Over the last ten years, I have devoted myself to the understanding of sites and landscapes that, although often neglected, are of global significance: places of environmental degradation in South America and northern Europe. I work in and with documentary photography, using new “seeing machines”, such as drones and video cameras, alongside the art practice of shooting analogue film. I create visually complex and aesthetically compelling finished pieces. Yet it is the research practice that underpins my artistic work. Through thorough, investigative and ethical practices, my individual research contributes to vibrant collaborations with other artists and photographers, historians and geographers, political activists and Indigenous Peoples. Collaboration is a particularly important, indeed essential, part of my investigation and the representation of sites in which I work. My research is distributed through exhibitions, public events, publications and online platforms. It can be used as source for education, activism and visual culture.
Between 2012 and 2016, I undertook a doctoral study at the University of Brighton, UK, "The Copper Geographies of Chile and Britain: A Photographic Study", in which I established archival and visual, spatial and critical research strategies that I have used in subsequent art projects, including "Mapping Domeyko" (2017) and "Litte ja Goabddá" (2018).
My publication "Copper Geographies" (2018) stems from my practice-based Ph.D and has been published by Editorial RM.
I am 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). In 2017, I received a Research and Development Award and a Project Realisation Award from the Hasselblad Foundation / Valand Academy, Sweden, as part of the Drone Vision project led by Dr Sarah Tuck.
My work has been recently exhibited at: Biennial of the End of the World, Argentina (2014); Parque Cultural Cerro Carcel, Chile (2015); Noorderlicht Festival, The Netherlands (2016); National Waterfront Museum, Wales (2017); Museo de Arte Contemporaneo (MAC), Chile (2017); Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland (2018); Hasselblad Centre, Sweden (2018); and Ájtte Museum, Sweden (2019). Forthcoming exhibitions include: Arts Catalysts, London, England (2019); Bienal de Artes Mediales, Santiago, Chile (2019); Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, Santiago, Chile (2019); Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago, Chile (2019); Zeppelin Museum, Germany (2019); and Varmlands Museum, Sweden (2020).
I am a member of the following research groups: Arte Sur, Temporal School of Experimental Geography (TSOEG), Ph: The Photography Research Network. Recent residency programs include: Cité internationale des arts, Paris, France (2019); Samernas, Sweden (2018); Serlachius Museums, Finland (2017/18); Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art, Poland (2016/17); LOOK International Festival, England (2015); and Dispositivo 2/Plataforma Editable, Chile (2014).
My work is in the collections of: Ájtte Museum, Fundación FAVA, Hasselblad Foundation, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende, National Waterfront Museum and private collections.