The images in this series represent internal landscapes of the human experience – lands full of memories, dreams and secrets. They are visual metaphors that embodies the vulnerability of our mortal nature.
The themes for this work are very personal and come from real places and experiences from my time growing up in Lima, Peru, among them: the end of an idyllic childhood followed by strong societal pressures on young women, feelings of alienation from society and religion and living with fear during the terrorist attacks in the city. Every piece is associated with a particular emotion which is reflected in my work through these images featuring women of different ages. These photographic collages also incorporate objects associated with memories and writings from my journals.
These images were inspired by my personal history but I hope that this work transcends its origins and speaks to our universal humanity.
Claudia Gustafson is a Massachusetts-based photographer. She grew up in the bohemian seacoast town of Barranco in Lima, Perú. Her work is often autobiographical and a mix of the metaphorical and the symbolic. The female figure is a constant theme in her images. She regards photography as a medium for exploring the psychological aspects of existence.
Gustafson studied Communications at Universidad de Lima, and Professional Photography at Kodak Interamericana de Perú where she learned alternative darkroom processes. She has also studied art and photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England School of Photography and at the Griffin Museum of Photography. In Lima, she worked as a freelance photographer for a local feminist magazine and a regional newspaper. In 2005, she started her own portrait and wedding photography business in the Boston area.
Gustafson’s work has been exhibited in several local museums and galleries, among them the Griffin Museum of Photography, Amazing Things Art Center Gallery, Nave Gallery, Sohn Fine Art Gallery, U-Forge Gallery and at the Cambridge Art Association’s University Place and Kathryn Schultz Galleries.
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