Alejandra Carles-Tolrá

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Barcelona, 1988.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Powderhouse Photography Show , Juried Exhibition The Powerhouse Gallery, Somerville, USA Incoming Graduate Exhibition, The Doran Gallery, Boston, USA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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