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Marita Ibañez Sandoval

Visual Research

About

I am a visual researcher bridging visual sociology, education, and photomedia. From Lima, Peru, and based in Ibaraki, Japan. Currently pursuing doctoral studies in Photomedia at the Doctoral Program in Art at the University of Tsukuba. I have an MSc in Kansei Design from the University of Tsukuba in Japan and hold a BA in Fine Arts from Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru

As a Monbukagakusho Scholar of the Japanese Government (2018-2024), I research landscape, migration, and Latin American communities in Japan. As a lecturer with over a decade of experience at universities in Peru and Japan, I am currently in charge of the University of Tsukuba's photographic studio and darkroom. Former founder and Creative Director of Iconografico and co-founder of PickApp, projects part of the 2nd generation of Wayra Peru, Startup Peru, and Ynnovadores. My work has been presented in different cities in Latin America, Europe, the USA, Korea, and Japan; I am a member of the Time Lab/McLeod Lab research group.

Projects

Mending Landscapes

Mending Landscapes ・ (2021 - 2025)

Explores the influence of Latin American migration in Japan through visual methods in the neo-rural landscapes and the historical connections between them. Photowalks and photo-elicitation interviews in Joso city helped to understand community dynamics and offered insights into how migrant communities interact, adapt, and influence their environments.

Mending Landscapes has been exhibited and presented at Siggraph Asia, the 20DC, 19DC, and the 18DC Exhibitions at the University of Tsukuba, the What is an image? of the IVSA2022 conference at Kunstmatrix here, Connecting & Sharing – Envisioning the Futures of Visual Literacy, at the IVLA2022 conference.

Tsukuba Obscura

Camera & Tsukuba Obscura ・ (2021)

A Time Lab/McLeod Lab Project. Traditionally, the camera obscura image is upside down; however, it is also possible to "correct" the image with further optical instruments (e.g., the Bonfoton UP). These works were presented as an intervention at the T+ Gallery, University of Tsukuba.

Lima478

Lima 478 ・ (2013)

"Lima 478" explored the territory, identity, and urban landscape of Lima in commemoration of the 478th anniversary of its foundation through assemblages. Offering a unique vision of the city's different neighborhoods, fusing past and present constructions. Through the work, a city in constant movement is evident, sometimes blurred or almost abstract, and others clearly defined by colors and shapes.

The project reinterpreted Lima's transformation processes, highlighting its cultural richness and diversity, using materials such as MDF, foam, and structural cardboard with digital prints. "Lima 478" was exhibited in Lima's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Civitas

City Toy ・ (2012)

City Toy transforms the city of Lima into fantasy structures that evoke jigsaw puzzles, creating different cities from the same pieces. His assemblages, made from photographs and drawings of Lima mounted on structural cardboard, are non-fixed, transformable structures that vary over time, reflecting the dynamic nature of an actual city. The project includes a photographic series that documents the entire creative process, offering a unique vision of Lima that defies traditional outlines.

Civitas

Civitas ・ (2011)

Civitas proposed a reinterpretative look of two-dimensionality by combining photography, drawing, printmaking, and digital collage to create chaotic and changing urban images based on the city of Lima. Through cropped and juxtaposed layers, it offered the viewer a new perspective.

Works of this project were exhibited at the Carré d'Art Gallery of the Alianza Francesa in Lima, Peru, the Canvas Gallery in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and their assemblages were selected by the French Embassy in Peru as finalists for the "Pasaporte para un Artista" national contest and exhibition at the art gallery of the CCPUCP in Lima.

Education

University Of Tsukuba

April 2021 - Currently

Doctoral Program in Art

Ph.D. fellow at the Doctoral Program in Art, Art and Design Department. Member of the McLeod/Time Lab.

University of Tsukuba

April 2019 - March 2021

M.Sc. Kansei Science

Master Program in Kansei, Behavioral, and Brain Sciences. Member of the Lee Lab/Kansei Design Lab.

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

March 2002 - July 2008

Bachelor in Arts

Member of the Axis-Arte Research Group.



Publications

Mending Landscapes: Mirroring Joso

Mending Landscapes: Mirroring Joso

(2023) Mending Landscapes: Mirroring Joso. In J. Lee, W. Huang, X. Chen, F. Rodrigues, L. Okan, S. Beene, C. Huilcapi-Collantes (Eds.), Connecting & Sharing: The Book of Selected Readings 2023 (p. 169). International Visual Literacy Association. doi.org/10.52917/ivlatbsr.2023.035

Book Review: Community as Rebellion

Book Review: Community as Rebellion

(2023) Community as Rebellion: A Syllabus for Surviving Academia as a Woman of Color: by Lorgia Garcia Peña Chicago, Haymarket Books, 2022, 120 pages ISBN: 9781642597196 (ebook) Price: $9.99. doi.org/10.1080/1472586X.2023.2210534

Nippo-Latin American Land

Nippo-Latin American Land

(2022) Nippo-Latin American Land. In Proceedings of the SIGGRAPH Asia 2022 Art Gallery (pp. 1-1). doi.org/10.1145/3550470.3558437



Talk

Coffee in the Dark: Environmental Impact of Caffenol and its Importance in the Search for Eco-friendly Darkroom Practices

2023

Ibañez Sandoval, M. & McLeod, G.

Annual Meeting of the Photographic Society of Japan. Tokyo Institute of Technology. Kanagawa, Japan.

An Exploration of Caffenol for Visual Literacy in the Darkroom

2023

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

55th Annual International Visual Literacy Association Conference: Ways of Seeing. California, United States of America.

Exploring Participatory Visual Techniques: Understanding the Influence of Brazilian Communities on Japanese peri-urban Landscapes

2023

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

IX Symposium on Migration Research: Migrations, Images, and Literatures. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Approaching Photovoice through Collaborative Photo-walking: Visual Data Collection of a Brazilian Community in Japan's Landscape

2022

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

41st International Visual Sociology Association Conference - Expanding the Visual Field: New Developments in Visual Scholarship, Arts and Activism. Online.

Looking for Doña Julia: Researching the Work of the First Peruvian Female Photographer

2022

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

In Tsukuba Global Science Week: Art and Design Session, Confronting Distance through Art and Design. Tsukuba, Japan.

Foto-passeio: photo-walking as a method for understanding migrational footprint on the landscape of a Brazilian community in Japan

2022

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

54th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association: Connecting + Sharing – Envisioning the Futures of Visual Literacy. Jyväskylä, Finland.

Latin American Influence in the Japanese Urban-Rural Landscape

2022

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

CONSTELACIONES: Interdisciplinary Congress on Art, Science and Technology. MAC-Lima. Lima, Peru.

Traveling Home During a Pandemic: Digital Reconstructions of a Landscape and Memories of a Peruvian Migrant through Community Photography

2021

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

In Tsukuba Global Science Week: Art and Design Session, Normality 5.0: Form and Adaptation through Art and Design. Tsukuba, Japan.

Mended Landscape

2021

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

19th International Conference of Asia Digital Art and Design: ADADA + Cumulus. Seoul, Korea.

Getting Past Street View}. 19th International Conference of Asia Digital Art and Design: ADADA + Cumulus. Seoul, Korea.

2021

McLeod, G. \& Ibañez Sandoval, M.

19th International Conference of Asia Digital Art and Design: ADADA + Cumulus. Seoul, Korea.

Latin American Design and Development Panel: Bicentennial Latin America

2021

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

CADi Academic Design Congress 2021: Transformations. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Lima, Peru.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Pandemic: Experiences in different contexts and territories during the pandemic

2021

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

X Encounter between Art, Crafts, and Design. Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. Lima, Peru.

Technology and Community

2017

Ibañez Sandoval, M.

ThinkTEC. San Ignacio de Loyola University. Lima, Peru.

Exhibitions

Siggraph Asia Daegu 2022: Art Gallery

The video installation comprised an urban/rural Japanese landscape influenced by a Latinx community. The structures shown were made of printed photographs of various sizes, which are part of a bigger archive. In this setting, attendees could see the visual communication of the city presented as constructions moving and being transformed through the video.

19th Doctoral Course Exhibition

19th Doctoral Course Exhibition

Landscapes might reflect the people who inhabited them. Can we generate connections between histories, cultural heritage, land, and context through art? Using photomedia, family archives, and stories, I'm exploring how to rethink the role of landscapes as a space for reimagining transgenerational connections. The 19DC Exhibition presents selected work of doctoral students of the University of Tsukuba

Mitsukaido: A Brazilian Town in Japan

Mitsukaido: A Brazilian Town in Japan

In the Japanese city of Jōsō, 40% of the migrant population is Brazilian. This community is mainly located in Mitsukaido, home of the shopping district, where businesses and advertisements are directed to the Brazilian enclaves. Set in an urban-rural landscape, I am focusing on the community's migratory footprint and its effects on how we understand a landscape. Currently at the exhibition "What is an image?" peer-reviewed exhibition of the IVSA2022 conference. Visit the exhibition at Kunstmatrix here

Mending Landscapes

Mending Landscapes

Understanding and (re)constructing my experience of the city. 3 trips to Joso, the city with the second largest migrant population in Ibaraki prefecture, Japan. Looking for the trace of the Latin American migrant experience in one of the central streets in Ishige, Joso. Currently at the exhibition "Connecting & Sharing – Envisioning the Futures of Visual Literacy," a peer-reviewed exhibition of the IVLA2022 conference. Visit the exhibition at Kunstmatrix here

18th Doctoral Course Exhibition

18th Doctoral Course Exhibition

Landscapes might reflect the people who inhabited them. Can we generate connections between histories, cultural heritage, land, and context through art? Using photomedia, family archives, and stories, I'm exploring how to rethink the role of landscapes as a space for reimagining transgenerational connections. The 18DC Exhibition presents selected work of doctoral students of the University of Tsukuba

Tsukuba Obscura

Tsukuba Obscura

A Time Lab/McLeod Lab Project. Traditionally, the camera obscura image is upside down. However, correcting that image with further optical instruments (e.g., the Bonfoton UP) is possible. Intervention at the T+ Gallery, University of Tsukuba.



Press

Marita Ibañez: Arte Peruano para el Mundo

2021

Marita Ibañez: Peruvian Art for the World

→ El Peruano Newspaper (in Spanish).

→ Andina Agency (in Spanish).

7 PROMESAS del Arte: Conoce los nombres de los creativos latinoamericanos a seguir de cerca

2018

7 PROMISES of Art: Meet the names of Latin American creatives to watch closely

→ Architectural Digest(in Spanish).

Marita Ibañez en Metrópolis de TV Perú

2014

Marita Ibañez on TV Peru's Metrópolis program

→ Broadcasted on November 6th (in Spanish).

Marita Ibañez inaugura individual “Quimera”

2014

Marita Ibañez opens individual exhibition "Quimera".

→ Lima Gris (in Spanish).

Mis Tres Favoritos: Marita Ibañez y sus Tres Lugares Favoritos de Lima

2014

My Three Favorites: Marita Ibañez and Her Three Favorite Places in Lima

→ PuntoEdu (in Spanish).