Mariajosé Fernández-Plenge is a fine art and documentary photographer. She was born in Lima, Peru where she got a BA in Communications and Audio-Visual Media at Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas. She also has diplomas from Central Saint Martins, the University of Arts London, Lens School of Visual Arts, EFTI, Universidad Europea de Madrid, and Centro de la Imagen for courses in photography. She is a graduate in Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism from the International Center of Photography (NY).
The Incas used Apu, a word in Quechua, for mountains that they believed had a living spirit. Based on this idea, I aim to depict the co-dependent relationship between mankind and nature. I present common and plain landscapes as monumental. The images portray places of Lima with an idealistic vision: a sensation of longing for what once was but is bound to be in constant change. Human bodies are fragmented and follow the same path, while diptychs intent to blur the line between both. My intention is to show their greatness and vulnerability: their beauty and traces are both part of their magnificence.