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.
2018 Jerwood / Photoworks Awards, ‘Where We Belong’ , Commissioned by Jerwood Visual Arts and Photoworks Jerwood Gallery Space, London, UK Impressions Gallery, Bradford, UK Belfast Exposed, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
2017 Saving Face, Solo Exhibition, Regine Argentique, Marseille, France On Drawing: Apperceive of Liberation, Wuhan Art Museum, Curated by Lu Mingjun, Wuhan, China No Words Exhibition, Sala Gaudia, Huelva, Spain
2016 Photo-Open, Photomonth East London Photo Festival, Curated by Alternative Arts, Rich Mix, London, UK Prix Maison Blanche, Photographie Marseille Festival, Marseille, France Renaissance Photography Awards, Getty Images Gallery, London Festival PhotoEspaña, Galeria BAT, “No Words”, Madrid, Spain Festival Pa-ta-ta, Juried Exhibition, Outdoor Exhibition, Granada, Spain Festival Circulation(s), Juried exhibition by Fetart, Centquatre, Paris, France Face It, Reimagining Contemporary Portraits, Curated by Lynn H Whitney, USA Bowling Green State University, Ohio, USA East Tennessee State University, Tennessee, USA Nueva Fotografía Internacional en el S.XXI, Curated by Ruben Garcia Festival Imaginaria, Museu de Belles Arts Castelló, Valencia, Spain Segovia Foto, Sala Alhondiga, Segovia, Spain
2015 The Gun Show, Curated by Maja Orsic (Director of the Robert Klein Gallery), Flash Forward Festival, Boston, USA The Bears, Solo Exhibition, Visiting Artist, Curated by Juan José Barboza-Gubo, The Chazan Family Gallery, Rhode Island College, RI, USA Inter / Face Exhibition, Online exhibition curated by David Hilliard, Gallery South Open Call NNE (North NorthEast), Juried by Richard Klein (Director, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art), Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Vermont, USA Nueva Fotografía Internacional en el S.XXI - Centro de Artes de Alcobendas, Madrid, Spain - Sala José Saramago de Leganés, Madrid, Spain - Centro Municipal de las Artes de Alcorcón, Madrid, Spain
2014 Documentary: The 19th Annual Exhibition, Juried by Whitney Johnson (Director of Photography of the New Yorker), Photographic Center NW, Seattle, WA Photoworld, New York Photo Awards, Juried Exhibition Powerhouse Gallery, Brooklyn, NY Griffin Museum’s 20th Juried Show, Virtual Gallery Juried by Aline Smithson (Founder of Lenscratch) Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, USA Emerging Artists Auction, Juried Auction Daniel Cooney Fine Arts Gallery, New York, USA TEDx Somerville, Movement, Juried Exhibition Brooklyn Boulders, Somerville, USA Fall In, Solo Exhibition , Biennial of Young Artists Winner Fine Arts Academy Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain New York Photo Awards Winners , Juried Exhibition Powerhouse Gallery, Brooklyn, USA
2013 Realidad y Emoción Exhibition , Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain Carousel IV, Juried Exhibition, Aviary Gallery, Jamaica Plain, Boston, USA OFNI Exhibition and Auction, Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Barcelona, Spain New York Photo Awards Finalists , Juried Exhibition Powerhouse Gallery, Brooklyn, USA ARTcetera Art Auction , Juried Biennial Auction The Park Plaza Castle, Boston, USA New England Collective , Juried Exhibition Galatea Fine Art Gallery, Boston, USA Biennial D’Art Jove , Juried Exhibition, Fine Arts Academy Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain Boston Young Contemporaries 2013, Juried Exhibition 808 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston University, Boston, US MFA Thesis Exhibition , Curated by Lisa Tung Paine and Bakalar Gallery, Boston, USA Onward Compe , Juried Exhibition, Onward Summit Festival, Project Basho Gallery, Philadelphia, USA PRC Annual Student Show , Juried Exhibition Photographic Resource Center, Boston, USA 24th Annual MassArt Benefit Art Auction , Juried Exhibition Paine & Bakalar Gallery, Boston, USA Collect The World, Juried Exhibition Valid Foto BCN Gallery, Spain It’s a thin line between Love and Hate , Juried Exhibition United Photo Industries Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA
2012 Night in the Box , Juried Art Auction Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USA The Fence , Juried Exhibition Photoville Festival, New York City, USA Boston Young Contemporaries 2012 , Juried Exhibition 808 Commonwealth Gallery, Boston University, Boston, US The New England Baptist Hospital , Juried Exhibition, Boston, USA One Hundred and Ten Days of Photography, 225 Friend Street Gallery, Boston, USA An Alien Artist Show, Student Life Gallery, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, USA We Don’t Belong Here, Solo Show, Juried Exhibition at the Sparring Windows Gallery, The Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
2011 Powderhouse Photography Show , Juried Exhibition The Powerhouse Gallery, Somerville, USA Incoming Graduate Exhibition, The Doran Gallery, Boston, USA
2010 Self portraits Show , Juried Exhibition,11th Photographic Forum Can Basté, Barcelona, Spain Photography Students Exhibition, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA La Jungla Urbana , Juried Slideshow Slideluck Potshow, Barcelona, Spain
2017 Flash Forward, UK winners, Magenta Foundation Jerwood Visual Arts / Photoworks Award, Mentorship and financial support to produce a new body of work, Sponsored by the Arts Council England, UK
2016 Photo-Open, Photomonth East London Photo Festival, Curated by Alternative Arts Renaissance Photography Awards, Finalist - Single Image (The Bears series) Festival Pa-ta-ta, Jury’s Honorable Mention for “The Bears” series
2015 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, Semifinalist, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, DC, USA New York Times Portfolio Review, Selected Portfolio, NYC, USA Fotofestiwal Grand Prix, Shortlisted Finalist, Collective Jury, Lodz, Poland Joop Swart Masterclass, World Press Photo, Nominated Portfolio, Amsterdam
2014 Documentary: The 19th Annual Exhibition, 1st Prize Winner, Award given by Whitney Johnson, Director of Photography, New Yorker. Photographic Center NW, Seattle, WA New York Photo Awards, Documentary: Single Image Professional Category
2013 Biennial for Young Artists , 2nd Prize Winner Fine Arts Academy of Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain New York Photo Awards, Fine Art: Single Image Student Category Award Descubrimientos PHE 2013 Finalist, PhotoEspaña Festival, Madrid, Spain 21 New & Emerging Photographers, Curated by Jim Casper, LensCulture Creative Quarterly, Photography Runner Up Issue #30
2012 International Fine Art Photography Award , Juror Award of Merit 2012 Grand Prix de la Decouverte, France Hey Hot Shot! Contender Jen Beckman Project JGS Quarterly Photography Contest , Runner Up Forward Thinking Museum CCNY 2012 Annual Juried Photography Exhibition , Honorable Mention The Camera Club of New York, USA Combat Prize Catalogue 2012, Recommended Artist Livorno, Italy
2011 Family Dynamics Exhibition , Honorable Mention The Kiernan Gallery, VA, USA Sociological Research Seminar, 1st Prize, The UB’s Manual Workers Photographic Project, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain Can Basté Grant , Finalist, 11th Forum Fotográfico, Barcelona, Spain Foto Maratón Fnac , 5th Prize Barcelona, Spain Sarria Photo Marathon Contest , 1st Prize Casa Orlandai, Barcelona, Spain
2010 Carnet Jove Grant , Finalist,Generalitat de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
This Is Tomorrow: Contemporary Art Magazine, Jerwood/Photoworks Awards Royal Photographic Society, A Showcase of Talent Elephant Magazine, Jerwood/Photoworks: Melancholy and Janeites British Journal of Photography, Ribeira, Laughlin, and Carles-Tolra show new work in Jerwood/Photoworks Awards PhotoWorld Magazine, Focus on multiple identities, ROTC Portfolio, China CiliChili Magazine, The Bears Portfolio, Czech Republic Victory Journal, Odyssey Issue #12, The Bears Portfolio Vice Magazine - Broadly Channel, The Guts and the Glory of Being on an All-Female Sports Team GUP Magazine, #50 Hidden Gems, The Bears Portfolio The Independent, Women’s varsity rugby: Getting up close with The Bears L’Oeil de la Photographie, Circulation(s) 2016: Interview with Alejandra Carles-Tolra Lensculture, Video Interview - The Bears: Up close with women’s rugby World Photography Organization, Saving Face Portfolio i-D Vice Magazine, 5 young european photographers to follow It’s Nice That, Alejandra Carles-Tolra captures a women’s rugby team from all angles Time Out Madrid, PhotoEspaña 2016: Exposiciones Imprescindibles, No Words Exhibition Revista Arte, Fotógrafos del grupo Contemporáneos en el Festival Off de PHotoEspaña 2016 Arte A Un Click, Saving Face Portfolio World Photography Organization, As Playful As A Game, Interview and The Bears Portfolio La Fabrica Editorial, Contemporaries. 30 Photographers Of Today (Book), Photo Book Week, PhotoEspaña Festival Slate Magazine, What Life Is Like on Brown University’s All-Female Rugby Team, The Bears Portfolio The Huffington Post, Powerful Photo Series Shows What It’s Like To Be A Rugby Girl, The Bears Portfolio BuzzFeed News, This Photographer Capture What It’s Like To Be A Woman In A Male-Dominated Sport, The Bears Cosmopolitan, 18 Badass Portraits of Female Rugby Players Defying Gender Stereotypes, The Bears Portfolio Fotografia Magazine, Women’s Rugby - An Interview With Alejandra Carles-Tolra, The Bears Portfolio Il Post, Ritratti di rugbiste, The Bears Portfolio Feature Shoot, Powerful portraits of female rugby players defy gender stereotypes, The Bears Portfolio Bust Magazine, The Female Rugby Players Of Brown University Are Badass Gender Barrier Busting Athletes, Gup Magazine, The Bears Portfolio Juxtapoz Magazine , Alejandra Carles-Tolra “The Bears” @The Chazan Family Gallery, Photography section The Brown Daily Herald , Photographer captures intersections of violence, grace in women’s rugby, Art Section Artscope Magazine, The Bears at Chazan Family Gallery, Email blast CNN Photos, Study and serve: The dual identity of the ROTC, Fall In Portfolio LensCulture , Fall In , Editor’s Pick Portfolio Diari de Sabadell, Guanyadors de la Biennal D’Art Jove , Barcelona Onward Photo Blog , Interview with Alejandra Carles -Tolra Photographic Museum of Photography , Highlights Gallery , Fall In Portfolio La Vanguardia , Cinco Visiones Fotográfica, Barcelona Tendencias del Mercado del Arte, Realidad y Emoción Exposición , October #66 La Vanguardia, Valid Foto BCN abre temporada presentando a cinco fotógrafos noveles . Barcelona Photobloggers , Exposición Realidad y Emoción iSabadell , L’Academia de Belles Arts recupera la Biennal d’Art Jove , September 5th Huffington Post , 3 Steps to Starting a Great Research Project , Voices: College, Svetlana Dotsenko, August 2nd Artist Portfolio Magazine , The New England’s Collective Art Exhibit in Boston , August 12th Loupe Magazine , Public Art: It’s History and Reach , Vol.3/ June, PRC Onward Compe 2013 Exhibition Catalogue , Project Basho, Philadelphia, PA The 24th MassArt Annual Art Auction Exhibition Catalogue , Paine and Bakalar Galleries, Boston, USA Ojo de Pez Magazine , Portfolio PHE , Issue #29 Girls, Madrid, Spain Le Journal de la Photographie , Summer photographs
London College of Communication, Visiting Artist, Photography department, London, UK University of Portsmouth, Visiting Artist, Photography department, Portsmouth, UK Rhode Island School of Design , Visiting Artist, Photography department, Providence, USA AS220, Visiting Artist, AS220 Arts Center, Providence, USA Rhode Island College, Visiting Artist, Art department, Providence, USA Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Visiting Critic , Photography Department, Boston, USA University of New Hampshire, Visiting Artist Lecture , Paul Creative Arts Center, Durham, NH, USA Universitat de Barcelona, Artista Visitante, Departamento de Sociologia, Barcelona