Alejandra Carles-Tolra is interested in the relationship between individual and group identity and the way in which these may influence one another. Where We Belong (2017) is a body of work exploring themes of belonging, femininity and escapism through a portrayal of Jane Austen devotees. To produce the series, the artist spent time with the group, who recreate and celebrate Jane Austen’s novels. Wearing flowing Regency gowns they come together at special events and recite the author’s work. Carles-Tolra’s photographs offer an intimate look into the relationships between the group’s participants. We see them hold hands, dance and embrace. The scenes are ethereal and sensual. Despite their period costume, reminders of the present day still surface: red nail polish and modern makeup. By acting out their fantasies, the subjects have formed a strong mutual identity and a sense of belonging. Carles-Tolra reveals a realm of escapism which yields camaraderie and friendship.
- Artwork Details: 30 x 20cm
- Material description: Studio lustre C-type
- Credit line: © the artist
- Medium: Photograph
- Accession number: ACC32/2017