What is your background?
I was born in Lima, Peru. I grew up in an middle class family, with a geologist mother, who supported and let me choose an artistic education since childhood. This is important to mention as art and cultural development aren't a priority here. By having this experience, I developed an interdisciplinary approach combining dance, theater, fashion design and visual arts.
What does your work aim to say?
My work aims to trigger experiences of transformation engaging an unconscious way of creating (caminos inconscientes de creación). My research begins with our bodies being containers of multiple possibilities of subconscious knowledge exploring human experiences and connections to both natural and build environments. I often express this through the use of organic materials and traveling to nature.
As a result I weave travelling from the inside to the outside combining individual and collective experiences together.
How does your work comment on current social and political influences?
I have worked professionally as a freelance actor and dancer while simultaneously developing my own self-produced performance projects. These dual experiences give me unique insight into questions of authorship and the politics of production, especially in a context without cultural policies to support independent artists.
My projects develop through a trial and error process. I chose to create, based on human connections, virtual or face-to-face networks developing fellowship trust and negotiation. Since I did not have a big budget, we exchanged knowledge and skills. This led to an engineering of creative strategies and set a precedent for future, collaborative projects.
From this experience I believe leading my own projects gave me the freedom to research without having to justify myself to a boss or commercial result. This is very powerful, especially if yo u are a young, female artist in a conservative society. This decision gave me a change to break stereotype and move away from a subordinated position in the system. I hope to inspire others to start their own projects.
What are the obstacles that female artists still encounter today in regard to their art, or the fact it's made by woman?
Until early 2000's, powerful positions in Lima's performing arts circuit were heavily male dominated. Even though the majority of dancers, choreographers and actors where female. Now, it has changed a little as some of us women came to hold positions of strong creative influence.
But prejudgment and stereotyping remain large obstacles in our society, leading to less professional capacity. For example, dance is considered a "women's field" because there are more female than male dancers and choreographers. Yet still we don't receive the same level of appreciation as other arts, this due to the strong patriarchal gaze towards dance. There is strong prejudice to how it should be expressed without the broader understanding of movement language. Therefore, dance becomes an accessory and if you are female, your are like a doll who doesn't speak, because they do not expect you to be complex or able to explain your work.
Another obstacle happens when the lines between disciplines blurs and an interdisciplinary approach comes about. This makes it more difficult for you surroundings to understand and define your work. For that reason I look to generate experiences that could help others to understand and recognize my work.
What advantages are there for being a woman in the art world?
When I think about how we work I see a circle, we surround us, we join together for talking and sharing our emotions and experiences. Connecting with our inner world and opening to the outside is one of our biggest strengths.
Instead of disadvantages from our traditions connecting with the earth (sharing stories, cooking and being mothers), we should use this to fight the system. Because the patriarchal social structure is so inside of us, it makes us fight with our biological times, period and motherhood cycle. We need to change this by overlapping it in every aspect of our projects. We are mothers of our creative processes, and therefore we become our own bosses creating and building our own work structures, based on collaboration and exchange.
How do you feel/want to be/are perceived in the art scene?
My fight is to keep developing an independent career, overcoming economic obstacles and combining different languages and skills. More than being know for representing one role in art, or being in one place, I want to generate and organize experiences where disciplines transform and weave together through cross-cultural relationships with artists, who are navigating male-dominated professional environments and capitalistic systems in their respective fields and countries. For me, it is becoming more important to care about the process, manners and decision we make than it is to look only for the connected result.