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© Alex Morel,
Annika (The Photographer), Haiti,
Relations & Tales / Relaciones & Relatos series 2003

© Alex Morel,
Portrait of Druvillard #1, Haiti,
After the Quake: Haiti series 2010

© Alex Morel,
Julio Eating a Mango, DR,
Relations & Tales / Relaciones & Relatos series 1999

Alex Morel
Born: 1973, New York City
Resides: Queens, NY


Selected Exhibitions:
En Foco at Pregones Theatre, Bronx, NY 2012
Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY 2011
World Bank, Washington DC, 2011
Little Wing Performance Space, Santa Fe, NM 2010
Grady Alexis Gallery, El Taller Latino Americano,
New York, NY 2010
Amster Yard Gallery, NYC 2009
American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center,
and the Association of Ibero-American Cultural Attaches (AACCI),
Washington DC 2008
St. John’s University Gallery, Manhattan Campus,
New York, NY 2008
Bronx River Arts Center, Bronx NY, 2008, 2006
Museo del Barrio, New York, NY 2007
Alfred Lowenherz Gallery, New York, NY 2007
Daniel Cooney Gallery, New York, NY 2007, 2005
FOTOMUSEUM Winterthur, Switzerland 2005
Galerie f5.6, Munich, Germany 2005
Westport Arts Center, CT, 2005
Art in General, New York, NY 2004
XX Biennale Eduardo Leon Jimenes, Santiago,
Dominican Republic 2004, 2002
Museo de Arte Modern (MAM), Santo Domingo,
Dominican Republic 2003
Kenkeleba Gallery, New York 2002
Pan American Health Organization (P.A.H.O.-W.H.O.),
Port Au Prince, Haïti 2002
Rutgers University, M.G.S.A. Gallery, NJ 2001
Contemporary Museum Baltimore, MD 2000

MFA, 2001, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ
BFA, 1997, St. John’s University,Queens, NY
General Studies, 1995, International Center of Photography, NYC

The Camera Club of New York Residency Program, NY, 2006
E. Leon Jimenez Biennale Award for the Visual Arts, Santiago, DR, 2002

About Change. World Bank, Washington DC, 2011
History of Dominican Photography, Volume 2, 1961-2007.
Santo Domingo, DR, 2010
SFILES 2007, The 5th Biennale of the Museo del Barrio.
Museo del Barrio, NY, 2007
Myths and Realities of Contemporary Caribbean, XIX Biennale E.
Leon Jimenes, Santiago, DR, 2002

Artist’s Statement:
The subject of attention in this work has been mainly my extended family, including intimate friends, and places of relevance to my experience or the history of those close to me. But more than a story or chronicle of their lives or mine, my concerns lay in areas of interpersonal relationships, emotional and physical distance, the psychological effect of spaces and environments surrounding us, and the awareness of the present at any given moment. While deeply personal, the series as a whole addresses other issues like the perception of time, migration, geographic and cultural connections, displacement, evolution of identity, and gender roles. The length of time and geographic coverage, as well as the greater ambition of the project, has made this body of work quite substantial in terms of imagery and scope.

I have been immersed in this work and photographing those who are, and what is, close to me from 1994 until this day. By now, the family is largely spread across generations, and over an area that goes from the Caribbean across the United States and into Canada. While we have been fortunate to maintain strong family ties, I can’t help to notice the slow but inevitable dilution of these relationships as a result of distances, differences in environments and the cultural upbringing of younger generations, language, economics, and more. This experience, I am sure, is similar to that of many American families with ties to not only Latin America but also many other parts of the world.




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