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Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Squad In The Park

Alejandra Carles-Tolra Squad In The Park, 2013

View in a room Photography 39.8 x 50 inch 3 remaining copies


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Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Squad In The Park
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    Fifty Dots Gallery
    Barcelona - Spain

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    and a certificate of authenticity

  • Signature

    Signed artwork

  • Medium

    Photography : pigment ink

  • Themes

    Everyday life

  • Support

    Photography on cotton paper

  • Type

    Numbered and limited to 7 copies

  • Dimensions cm | inch

    39.8 x 50 inch

  • Framing

    Not framed

  • Collector’s Guide

  • About the artwork

    My photographs portray a group of college students seeking to explore and define their emerging identities. These young people have chosen an unusual path: they are all enrolled in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). When joining, they are taught a set of values and expectations that adhere to a group philosophy. As they struggle to define their own identities, they are also presented with a well-established role to play. Like actors who perform according to a script and can transform their personalities on stage, these cadets are learning a military script that will not only teach them how to perform in the field but require them to adopt a new persona as their own.

    I began to photograph cadets of different ages, from a range of universities in Boston, during their physical and mental training to become leaders in the U.S. Army. I am most drawn to depicting how individual identity and military persona coexist. Resonating within these images is this confluence of agendas, at times subtle and at other times quite apparent. In my work, I explore the cadets’ success in adopting their roles, and look at the differences between freshmen and seniors, men and women, and those who plan to become active and reserve officers. These series explores the nebulous threshold between the individual personality and identity within the group.

    - Alejandra Carles-Tolrá

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    • portrait

    • military


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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, Squad In The Park
Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Squad In The Park

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