Curated by Mara Alves
1st – 12th October 2019
Bermondsey Project Space is delighted to announce its forthcoming exhibition, titled “Eclectic”, curated by Mara Alves. It consists of a series of analogue double exposure film photographs by the Caracas-born photographer Alexandro Pelaez documenting a derivative inspiration from a diverse range of sources, be they different locations or people – embracing diversity, multicultural roots and gazes from different countries. The solo show will take place at the Bermondsey Project Space, located at 183-185 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3UW, from the 1st to the 12th of October 2019 during Frieze Week.
The Caracas-born analogue photographer Alexandro Pelaez commences from the starting point of Magic Realism, the magic of the daily, to rediscover other realities that we miss on our day-to-day journeys. Alexandro’s areas of experimentation can be grouped into four: several metre large scale cityscapes; medium- sized street environments; moving image with the use of those images; and the landscapes’ details displayed in the intimacy of A6 size.
Mara Alves, Head Of Projects & Senior Curator with The Dragon Gallery, and this exhibit’s Curator, comments: “When living within the digital and visual era, one can assume that capturing an image can be easily achieved by the reach of a click. It’s not! Just like any other medium, photography takes mastery and hours of work in pursuit of the perfect image. I have been working closely with Alexandro Pelaez for two years, and his work never ceases to amaze me with its constructivism, taking us to a realm of magic and futurism. One can see through what is real in his pictures, with a perfect balance of colours, shapes and symmetries but doubled with new layers of perspectives and appearances that will sharpen our imagination and take us to a new level of beauty and visionary abstractions. By using a traditional medium of double exposure with film, the outcome is not only appealing but exquisite.”
As published by Lorenzo Belenguer, Art Critic contributor to ArtWeek.
See full article here: Artist Profile\\ Alexandro Pelaez: The Start of the Magic in Photography
About the Artist Alexandro Pelaez:
Alexandro Pelaez is a Caracas-born analogue photographer based in London with a BA in Communication (Advertising) at Jacksonville University in Florida and was headhunted as an art director in the advertising agency BVK Meka in Miami. Having moved to London in 2001, where he completed his second BA (Hons) in Graphic at Central Saint Martins University of the Arts London, 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.
In 2003, Alexandro decided photography was his real passion and founded his studio in Chelsea where he does most of his Portraits. He started as a Sports Photographer (Football and Rugby) with the Daily Mail in 2005 until 2008 and then as first assistant and Art Director/Second Photographer for fashion photographer Tony McGee.
Alexandro has been awarded by several photography competitions and institutions. To name the most relevant ones: London Photographic Association (2014), ACCI “Art of Living” (2017), International Photographer of the Year (2017), Density Neutral Photography Awards (2017), IPA International Photography Awards in New York (2018), San Francisco Bay International Photo Show (2018), Fine Art Photography Awards (2018), IPA International Photography Awards in New York (2019), Fine Art Photography Awards (2019).
Recently, Alexandro was selected from over 1000 applications for the Visual Art Open Prize (VOA) with a group show this November at Chester Arts Fair.
Solo Exhibition in London at Herrick Gallery (2018), and Group exhibitions followed in Paris (2012), London (2014 – 2017), California (2017), Miami (2017), Shangai (2017), London (2018), Miami 2018. Alexandro’s works have been featured in After Nyne Magazine, ARTWeek, Aesthetica Magazine, FAD Magazine, Mayfair Times, Saatchi Magazine Roma Italia Lab, Escapadas. UK, and Luxury Plus Magazine (Media Investor).
About the Curator Mara Alves
Lisbon-born Artist, Contemporary Art Curator and Advisor with a Degree in Fine Arts and Curatorial Studies. Mara starts a PG programme in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture in preparation for her MA in 2020 at The Warburg Institute, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Over eight years in Managerial roles in the Arts Industry.
Between 2010 and 2015 Mara developed and led educational and cultural programmes for students and the general public at a studio and gallery that she founded in Lisbon. In 2015 and before moving to London, Mara founded PortugArt, a project that globally promotes Portuguese culture. Between 2015 and 2016 Mara has developed a drawing programme for one year for the Independent Art School in London, to improve the student’s capacities of representation and concentration.
For three years she was Chief Curator and Manager with start-up gallery D Contemporary in Mayfair, dealing with emergent and mid-career artists. In 2018 Mara was a Guest Curator and Advisor for Caspia Contemporary Gallery, and a Guest Speaker at various events including COBA (Contemporary Balkan Art) and the International Art Congress, Brazil. Also, Mara conducted and organised a series of art salon evenings during Frieze week.
In April 2019, Mara has enrolled as a cultural facilitator and project manager in London with MeelPress to bring a group of Portuguese contemporary artists to Bermondsey Project Space.
Currently, Mara was appointed as Head Of Projects and Senior Curator with The Dragon Gallery focusing on contemporary work from emerging and mid-career artists, and she is also independently managing and mentoring individual artist’s careers and Art projects.
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