Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a 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.
Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, including The Guardian, CNN, Vice, The Huffington Post, NYTimes’ T Magazine, Circulation(s) Festival in Paris, Unseen Amsterdam 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, was awarded the Jerwood Visual Arts/ Photoworks Award in 2017 and is now part of the Taylor Wessing Photograph.
This is a body of work exploring themes of belonging, femininity and escapism through a portrayal of Jane Austen devotees. I explore how the sense of safety and belonging that specific groups might offer can empower the individuals and strengthen their own identity. I use physical and psychological closeness to represent the intense relationships fostered within these communities and to depict the need to belong. I am also interested in examining the threshold between fiction and nonfiction, between past and present. My goal is to invite the viewer to question where the performance starts and ends, and to challenge where the limits between reality and imagination lie.