LONDONERS and their ENVIRONMENTS: Alexandro Pelaez

29 May - 10 June 2018  

A series of photographs by the Venezuelan photographer Alexandro Pelaez, curated by Mara Alves, documenting professionals based in London and spaces they may cross on their way to work as imaginary journeys. The exhibition is part of an ambitious project by Alexandro to document one of the most important cities on Earth and its inhabitants. 

Alexandro Pelaez's body of works, presented for the first time at this solo exhibition, captures the distinctive environments, and its inhabitants, that are unique to London. The artist reveals the fascination of a city that never sleeps and is constantly breathing from its changing layers of multicultural rhythms.  Mara Alves

Alexandro Pelaez, a Venezuelan photographer based in London, has developed two new series of work based on Londoners: be it as their professional environments surrounded by the tools used on their trade; be it as locations they may cross on their way to work as landmarks. Alexandro, within the Magic Realism narrative, like the Literature Nobel prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, invites the viewer to discover the magic, the unique, the unparalleled beauty, that reveals itself on our daily lives when we pause and look closer. A cornucopia of nationalities, and talent, unravels a journey that shows that London is a city, the Rome of today, like no other. A place that deserved a Biography, written by Peter Ackroyd, as a fearless animal constantly on the move. Alexandro achieves to reflect that special feeling when you inhabit this hub of ideas.  Lorenzo Belenguer, ArtWeek

Alexandro Pelaez is a Venezuelan photographer based in London who initially started his professional career in advertising in Florida, USA. Having moved to London in 2001, Alexandro has worked over the years on various photography projects with different clients in the UK, Latvia, Germany, Italy, France, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Shanghai and USA. Recently, Alexandro received the "Highly Commended" Award by the London Photographic Association in 2014 for his "HEROES & VILLAINS" series and his "LONDONERS" series last year at the ACCI in California. Alexandro will be participating at this year's SHANGHAI ART FAIR in November for the second time where he will be exhibiting his latest project of Street Photography. A series of double exposure photographs of different cities taken with his 35mm camera. 

Mara Alves is a Lisbon-born artist, curator and mentor. She holds a degree in Fine Arts and Curatorial Studies and taught art before moving to London where she currently lives. In 2015, she founded PortugArt, a project that globally promotes Portuguese culture. Alves became the Chief Curator at Mayfair D Contemporary for 3 years, after which shifted to independent art projects while mentoring individual artists. Alves is also Chief Curator and Advisor for Caspia Contemporary Gallery where she applies her expertise and knowledge from London and European art markets. 

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