Visual identities by Alessandro Cinque
I am Italian and have been living in Peru for more than 3 years. I moved because I wanted to deepen my long-term mining project and better understand Peruvian culture by living it every day. As I traveled through the Andes, I visited many homes and dwelt on the photos people had hanging in their homes that represented them; they were enlargements of their passport photos.
I wondered how people here perceive their image and wanted to understand more.
I increasingly ask myself if it is right to represent the Andean subjects I photograph with my European culture, and I felt the need to work on this. I worked four-handedly with a local photographer (Yhon Huachaca), comparing our two photographic visions, our image culture and the way people are represented, I photographed the same subjects he photographed, but with my own vision, European and sometimes, unfortunately, a bit exotic.