Almudena Romero Alfonso
Almudena Romero Alfonso‘s practice brings together an exploration of an organic plant based photographic technique with broader societal issues related to plant trade, colonialism, migration and capitalism. Researching key plant products at the centre of these issues such as tobacco has been a long-time ambition. With the mobility support Romero Alfonso had the unique opportunity to expand her practice by developing in-depth research and new work with support from Lucy Arts Residency (LAR) and the Kavala Museum of Tobacco in Greece. For over a century, Kavala was the largest processing and exporting tobacco centre in the Balkans leaving a legacy of a dedicated museum, old warehouses and residencies. Romero Alfonso worked closely with the museum to access archive materials and tobacco leaves to produce new pieces. The museum also supported her work organising a public talk for local audiences while LAR provided her with accommodation and will organise a display in 2020. Romero Alfonso is working with London Alternative Photography Collective and her wider London network to share the results.
The residency allowed an expansion in the quality of my artwork and on the depth of my research, and provided a beneficial context to help me to engage with my current audience in news ways while reaching and developing new audiences abroad.