Alejandra Laviada (b.1980) lives and works in Mexico City.
Her work explores photography’s shifting role and relationship to other artistic media, such as painting and sculpture. The images emerge from the intersections between these different mediums, and aim to question and redefine photography’s various roles and boundaries in this context.

For each project, Alejandra occupies a different site in Mexico City that is in the process of being completely demolished or redeveloped. She photographs her interventions in these spaces, and works only with the objects she finds in each place. The images alter our conception of everyday objects, and reflect a city in transition, struggling to reconcile past and future histories.

In 2010, Alejandra won 1st place in Mexico’s Photography Biennial, and in 2009 was awarded the prestigious Photo España Descubrimientos Prize for her Photo Sculpture series. Her work has been exhibited widely, including the New York Photo Festival, Art&Commerce’s PEEK Festival for Emerging Photographers, and the Hyeres Photography Festival in France. In 2009, Alejandra was named one of American Photo and Wallpaper’s Emerging Photographers of the Year.

Alejandra’s photographs have also appeared in various publications, including The New York Times Magazine, T Magazine, Wallpaper, American Photo, and Modern Painters among others.
Alejandra completed her BFA in Painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and subsequently received an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Solo Exhibitions

2011 Re-constructions, Galerie Bendana-Pinel, Paris
2010 Descubrimientos, Photo Espana, Madrid, Spain;
         Abstractions, Museo Experimental El Eco, Mexico City
         Alejandra Laviada, Galeria Full Art, Seville Spain
2008 Photo Sculptures, Danziger Projects, New York City
2005 Tito Guizar, Pasaguero, Mexico City

Selected Exhibitions

2011 Across the divide: Critical Mass
2010 XIV Bienal de Fotografia, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City
         Rock, Paper, Scissors, Clark Gallery, Massachusetts
         The Year in Pictures, Danziger Projects, New York
2009 Hyeres Photography Festival, Hyeres, France
         Tenth Show, Galerie Bendana-Pinel, Paris
         Intimidades: Accessos Publicos/Visiones Privadas, Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City
2008 Helsinki Bienniale, Design Museum, Helsinki
         New York Photo Festival, Chisel, curated by Kathy Ryan, New York
         Foreclosed, The Print Center, Philadelphia
         31 Under 31: Young Women in Art Photography, Humble Arts Foundation, Brooklyn


XIV Biendal de Fotografia 2010, Acquisition Prize, Centro de la Imagen, Mexico
PHE Descubrimientos Prize 2009
Wallpaper 2009 Emerging Photographers of the Year
American Photo 2008 Emerging Photographers of the Year
PEEK, Art+Commerce Festival of Emerging Photographers 2007
PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris, Honorable Mention
American Photo 2006 Images of the Year, Honorable Mention/Personal Work
Golden Light Awards, 2006 First Place
XII Bienal de Fotografia Mexico 2006, Honorable Mention


Art Photography Now (Second Edition), Susan Bright
PHE 2010 Exhibition Catalogue
Humble Arts Foundation, The Collectors Guide to Emerging Art Photography 2009
Hyeres Photography Festival 2009 Exhibition Catalogue
New York Photo Festival 2008 Exhibition Catalogue
XII Bienal de Fotografia Exhibition Catalogue


The New York Times Magazine, Wallpaper, Modern Painters, American Photo, ROJO,
Creative Review Photography Annual, Capricious Magazine, Grafik, Dumbo Feather,
Departures, Serge, Celeste Magazine, Farenheit Magazine, Architectural Digest, Vanidad,
Using Format