Honorable Mention Artist: Alejandra Carles-Tolrá
Since moving to the Mission Hill neighborhood of Boston from my native Barcelona, I have gotten to know several Puerto Rican families who live nearby. As I began to build a relationship with them, I was welcomed into their homes and families. I have become interested in both the interiors of their apartments and in making their portraits.
The spaces fascinate me because of their careful decoration. The families present their homes as glorious domestic spaces— even as the walls and woodwork show signs of long use. The use of golden furniture, and shiny ornaments, as well as religious iconography describes an intense relationship to religious belief.
In the portraits, I am interested in personalities and relationships. While I learned about their stories and generational relationships, I began to attempt to photograph their characters and vibrant gestures. Throughout my visits I have been aiming to depict what has kept me mesmerized all these months.
Alejandra Carles-Tolrá was born in Barcelona, Spain, in 1988. She received her BA in Sociology from the University of Barcelona and is currently receiving her MFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Her work has been shown and published internationally, recently at Boston Young Contemporaries 2012, Combat Prize 2012, Photoville NYC, and Ojo de PezMagazine. Alejandra currently lives and works in Boston, MA.