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Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill

Alejandra Carles-Tolra The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill, 2012

View in a room Photography 19.7 x 19.7 inch 3 remaining copies


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Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill
  • Offered by the gallery

    Fifty Dots Gallery
    Barcelona - Spain

  • Authenticity

    Work sold with an invoice from the gallery
    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Photography : pigment ink

  • Themes

    Architecture, Urban Landscape

  • Support

    Photography on cotton paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 7 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    19.7 x 19.7 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

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  • About the artwork

    After the crack epidemic of the 80s, the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston became one of the most dangerous in the city. However, in the last couple of decades, it’s residents, mostly Hispanics and African-Americans, have witnessed the neighborhood's rapid recovery. When I first moved to Mission Hill from my native Barcelona, I got to know several Puerto Rican families who lived nearby. As I began to build a relationship with them, I was welcomed into their homes and families. I became very interested in both the interiors of their apartments and in making their portraits.

    The spaces fascinated me because of their careful decoration. The families present their homes as glorious domestic spaces-- even as the walls and woodwork show signs of long use. The use of golden furniture, and shiny ornaments, as well as religious iconography describes an intense relationship to religious belief. In the portraits, I am interested in personalities and relationships. While I learned about their stories and generational relationships, I began to attempt to photograph their characters and vibrant gestures. Throughout my visits I aimed to depict what kept me mesmerized for so many months.

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    • urban landscape


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Alejandra Carles-Tolra

Born in: 1988


Translation in progress

Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a Spanish photographer and educator from Barcelona currently based in London. Her work examines the relationship between individual and group identity, and how the latter shapes the former. Questions regarding what defines it, the role the surroundings play and the threshold between individual and group identity drive and inform her work as an artist.

Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, including CNN, Vice, The Huffington Post, Gup Magazine, World Photography Organization, The Independent, Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, Jerwood Space in London and the Wuhan Art Museum in China. In 2016 she was a finalist at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Award at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, and in 2017 she was awarded the Jerwood Visual Arts/ Photoworks Award.

In recent years, she has taught photography at The University of New Hampshire and Massachusetts College of Art and Design, among other institutions. Alejandra currently works with non profit organizations as an art workshop facilitator using art and education to empower vulnerable communities.

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Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill
Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Shadows Of The Birds, Mission Hill

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