Over the summer, Alejandra facilitated virtual photography workshops for young people at Spotlight, a youth centre based in Poplar. The goal was to provide a space for them to use photography as a vehicle through which they could examine the space they were spending most of their time in: their bedroom.
Using the current situation as an opportunity to be creative and find inspiration in our surroundings, they used their cameras to look inwards and explore everyday objects and emotions. “My Eyesolation” is a virtual exhibition that presents work from two participants, Euphemia & Jaiming, and serves as an invitation for viewers to look in through this virtual “window” and discover their work.
Young artists: Euphemia and Jaiming
Facilitator: Alejandra Carles-Tolra
Creative Arts Youth Work Coordinator: Poppy Green
Alejandra Carles-Tolra is a visual artist and educator from Barcelona based in London. Questions regarding what defines our identities and the role the group plays in our search for belonging drive and inform her work. 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 The Guardian, Washington Post, Jerwood Space, Finnish Museum of Photography, Photo Miyota Japan, Benaki Museum Athens, FotoFever Paris, Unseen Amsterdam, PHotoEspaña and the Wuhan Art Museum in China.
As an educator she has taught numerous photography courses and workshops in a variety of Universities and art institutions, as well as designed and facilitated participatory photography workshops for community centers and charities. She has a strong commitment to using photography as a voice and tool of empowerment and collaborates regularly with vulnerable communities from diverse backgrounds, ranging in age, ethnicity, and needs.
For the commission she will be developing work started through online photography sessions with Spotlight users.
Premiere: Friday 27 November at 1pm