ALEXA TORRE

Mexican-born artist Alexa Torre specializes in fine art photography through which she explores issues surrounding fashion portraiture and female beauty culture. Colour terms are of special interest to Torre, so her works are characterized by a play of light and shadow, as well as by optical illusions that trick the human eye into seeing images that are deceptive, or misleading to the brain. With signs and symbols, Torre puts socio-cultural norms into question, for example, gender labeling and stereotyping. Often with colourful irony, Torre decontextualizes objects to create new scenarios in which viewers are confronted with alternative realities that are critical of dominant narratives and conventional ways of being. 

 

"MEXICAN UTOPIA"

Artist Statement
 

Mexico is a singular country, but we need to find those different Mexicans: Mexicans that can find their own way of assuming their own membership. ‘Hecho en Mexico’ needs to be more than just a mark on an imported box.

 

One of the transcendental parts of us, as Mexicans, is our identity. The way that we are often characterized is through our euphoric patriotism, history, culture, faith, and mysticism in a very passionate way. This is a country full of folklore––dancing, dresses, and colors that express our cultural identity.

 

Our country seems to be losing that sense of self and passion, partly through interior conflicts and through the imitation of other countries’ influences. 

 

In this project, I want to generate a greater social consciousness of the young generation of Mexicans, and of the integrity of our people, so we all can again fall in love with our country and culture and establish a greater identity.

 

“Mexica Utopia” is not only a project that tries to rescue the privilege of visual aesthetics and the mysticism that we sometimes don’t have––or being conscious enough to see or admire it. It’s also about taking those masks of complexity and what it is to be ourselves, while regenerating that identity that has been lost.

 

 


"It’s a journey to find that voice, to take off the masks of complexity and be ourselves. This is the way we find a Mexican Utopia."
- Alexa Torre

La Luchadora, 2012

Digital Print

105 x 160 cm

Azteca, 2012

Digital Print

105 x 160 cm

La Charra, 2012

Digital Print

105 x 160 cm

Baja Cali, 2013

Digital Print

50 x 75 cm

La Campechana, 2012

Digital Print

50 x 75 cm

La Artesana, 2013

Digital Print

50 x75 cm

"ZONA ROSA"
 

A mix of pop art and minimalism, this series of photographs uses irony and satire to explore cultural constructs of feminity - all through the lens of different shades of pink. Inspired by her immediate surroundings, Torre strips everyday objects of their meaning by placing them in a new, pink-drenched context that invites viewers to reconsider what is given in terms of feminine identity. "Zona Rosa" is a testament to the signifying qualities of colour, as well as a wake-up call to modernize gender roles and social conventions.
 

Escuchando Rosa, 2017

Digital Print

46 x 30 cm

La femme, 2017

Digital Print

46 x 30 cm

Papel de Bano rosa, 2017

Digital Print

46 x 30 cm

Renacer, 2017

Digital Print

46 x 30 cm

Los Enamorados, 2017

Digital Print

46 x30 cm

50 Pesos Rosas, 2017

Digital Print

46 x 30 cm

Mirando Rosa, 2017

Digital Print

50 x 75 cm

Lavando Rosa, 2017

Digital Print

50 x 75 cm

Flowering, 2017

Digital Print

50 x 75 cm

Jesus from "Zone Rosa", 2017  Digital Print

50 x 75 cm

Floreciendo, 2017

Digital Print

50 x 75 cm

 
 

BIOGRAPHY
 

2013 
                                                                     Mixed Media Painting Central Saint Martins, London, England                                                                                                                  

2012 
                                New England School of Photography Fine Art, Boston, USA                               

2010
               BA Communications Universidad Anahuac Mayab, Mérida, Mexico              

2008 
                                                                    Fashion Styling | Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, USA                                                                                           

  EXHIBITIONS
 

2018 
“Utopía Mexicana”, Mérida Yucatá, Mexico
 

2017
"Zona Rosa" , Especular MX, Mérida, Mexico 
"Zona Rosa", Tercer Concurso de Fotografía Contemporánea en México, Monterrey, Mexico

"Collective Show", Juan Rulfo, Bronx, New York, USA
"Trazo Desconocido",  Galería Pillbox, Mexico City, Mexico  
                                             

2013 
                                                                                             Lense Culture, Paris, France                                                                                               
Galeria La Eskalera, Mérida, Mexico
                                      "Aesthetic Obsession", Laboratorio Arte Actual, Mérida, Mexico                                      

"Love,Hate,Maine", Stone Crop Gallery, Boston, USA
 

2012 
                                                   International Photography Festival, Pingyao, China                                                     
                                       "Can You Hear Me Now?", Stone Crop Gallery, Maine, USA                                          
                                        Pavement Café, Boston, USA                               

                                                             Panopticon Gallery Student Exhibit, Boston, USA                                                            
                                                                           PRC Student Exhibition, Boston, USA                                                                         
                                                             Cameras Inc. Holga, Somerville, USA                                                           
                                                        "Metaphorical Body", Rubin Gallery, Boston, USA                                                         

FAIRS
 

    The Other Art Fair, Brooklyn, New York, USA

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