Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a Spanish photographer 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. She holds an MFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and a BA in Sociology from the University of Barcelona.
Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, including CNN, Vice, The Huffington Post, NYTimes’ T Magazine, L’Oeil de la Photographie, 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 MassArt, among other institutions. Alejandra currently works with non profit organizations as an art workshop facilitator using art and education to empower vulnerable communities.