Carlos Alba


Carlos Alba

The observation of trifles


The observation of trifles is about how a foreigner finds his way in a new country and a new neighbourhood. Alba is the immigrant. Taking objects that he finds on the streets and using them as a kind of visual archaeology, he discovered East London and its occupants. Alba focusses on the neighbourhoods of Tower Hamlets and Hackney. He lives on the border in between both of them. The combination of objects with photographs helps him to introduce the work to the audience in a more physical way and with a feeling of mystery.

The observation of trifles is a work that is at the crossroads of the collection, history and architectural document, visual and social analysis. Alba has attempted to not forget the photographic aesthetic and the photographic poetic value.


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