Desierto Sur
The Human race has figured out how to bend most environments to their wills, but not the desert, the desert does not care about it. The desert is self-contained and self-sustained. If you are out in the desert for a long period of time, there is this purity of soul that you will experience, It feels like beings stripped down to the barest and pure version of yourself. 
One of my earliest memories is travelling with my family from Lima, Peru down south on the South Pan-American road (on many occasions all the way to Santiago de Chile +or- 4000km). I recall most of the journey, an empty vast desert splashed from time to time with green valleys and the Pacific Ocean not far from my window.
Through this project, I intend to explore the changes that have been altering our collective memory concerning the environment, I intend to open spaces and to portrait the absence and the evidence, I am interested in sharing a self-reflection in a profound way, I feel the desert in comparison with other environments it is powerful in nature and personality and reminds us how fragile we are as human beings. For this project, I have been photographing for 5 years the Southern desert, driving endless hours on the Pan-American road.
























































      


















 






























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Stability & Constructivity
Stability refers to a balanced and harmonious expression delivered by the relationship between elements contained within a defined space.
Constructivity refers to build by re-organizing already defined elements, redesigning their functionality and space which they belong to.


 






                           3m W - 1.80m H
                           Perspex 
                           Steel  
                           Glass  
                           Paper  
                           Wood 



 


         

                
      
                          



MaterialityExplores the materials involved in the photograph, to further experiment with their properties and behaviours searching ways to free these elements from their symbolism and connotations, to also disassociate them from their meaning in traditional narrative or language. Therefore, I propose to work with the pure material substance, its colour and form, and the psychology behind our relationship to material and form. I aim to suggest that elements can’t stand on their own as the process of making the work will bring those different elements together -instead of being independent physical objects they form part of something else-.
FragmentationPlays with the limits of how to present the work and suggested the viewer different possibilities/perspectives on how to experience it. Therefore, I propose to fragment the photograph in order to allow the viewer to decide how he/she wants to experience the work and redefine the suggested space while the work is experienced. For that reason, the work isn’t finished, it changes its configuration with each step that the viewer takes -a new space is built each time the work is experienced-.
FramingOpens the frame and separates all the elements that compromise a framed photograph to then rearrange them in order to deliver an experience that challenges the standards of how we experience a photograph. Therefore, I propose to work with photography conventions in order to be able to play with the limits of how to present a photograph. Also dismantling the photograph instead of the photograph being contained by a frame the frame opens and becomes an element of the work, where the photograph could rest. I aim that the viewer looks beyond the frame and experiences the work not on a two-dimensional surface, but encourages the viewer to move around the work, suggesting many ways to experience it due to its capacity to transform by what surrounds it. I intent to question the possibilities of the photograph to become something else without losing its integrity -its independence is what I find attractive-

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South End
The Tittle South End comes from the name South End On The Sea, a seaside town located on the south coast of England, I visited the area not far after I arrived in the UK to start a new period in my life, until that moment I didn’t recognise that I was starting a life in an island, as my feeling was that the UK was an extension of the European continent and not a separate land. Additionally, I am originally from Peru, in South America, where we always use the term “moving/going down” when we mention moving South, a metaphorical concept uses to mention the End, consequently the name South End On The Sea aroused the idea of a physical and geographical End of the new land where I had just move, and besides, those historical ideas when those towns were named after. The series South End explores the profile of an island based on the unique way British people relate with their seaside.


 




















        

 




      















     



     















    
    



    











































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Vastness  
There is a Threshold that defines Inside and Outside, a place where human beings have established a significance frontier for the now and after. Without been real, the threshold is considered an intimate space where the starting point is the current space, and the next one after, unknown exterior. This threshold settles while contemplating an vast space, that contemplation determines a pure state that takes us to a parallel world, vast spaces could position us inside a dream, hence to be present in a great expanse is a personal moment constantly repressed by everyday life. 



















































































































































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Sur Chico
Local Migration to Lima has occurred in great waves from Peru's countryside in search of economic opportunity, turning Lima into the 2nd largest city in America, for decades and with the hope of better work and education people from the Andes and Amazon moved into Lima and developed the so-called Pueblos Jovenes - New towns, settled on very different terrains, on hillsides, river banks and wide sandy expanses occupied by different modes: by slow accreditation or by invasions at different periods, some pueblos jovenes are still in the process of formation, others have been developing for 30 years1. People first  built precarious homes with simple materials to then develop entire neighbourhoods where previously there was an empty desert. The migration proliferated during the 1980s as people flew off from internal conflicts developed by terrorism groups on Peru's countryside. Internal migration continues to occur, people organize in groups to try to take possession of empty land by building their homes in it, the most populate boroughs in Lima started as Young Towns.
1The ‘Young Towns’ of Lima : Aspects of Urbanization in Peru, Peter Lloyd.
One of my earliest memories is travelling with my family from Lima, Peru down to 121 kilometer on the South Pan-American road. I recall almost every kilometre of the journey, an empty vast desert splashed from time to time with green valleys and the Pacific Ocean not far from my window. The area is called Sur Chico by local people and this project reflects on the exponential change of what used to be an empty desert. Through the project Sur Chico, I intend to explore the changes that have been altering our collective memory concerning the environment: the empty desert, the green valleys, our traditions and habits, reflecting on the urban condition generated by accelerated economic growth, focusing on Peru. There has been exponential economic growth in Peru during the last decade, resulting in the population migrating from the provinces to the urban centre of Lima. Rural-to-urban migrants who are building their homes and entire neighbourhoods where previously there was only desert











































          



          
          




          



          















 







                                       
        


                
              





















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