• 18th May - 31st May 2024
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery

London, [18/05/2024] – Javier Galera’s debut solo exhibition, ‘Aquascaping’, presents an intimate portrayal of Shadwell’s local community. Born in Ibiza, Spain, Galera offers a unique perspective, drawing parallels between his Mediterranean roots and the dynamic urban enclave of Shadwell.

Galera’s authentic approach as a documentarian seamlessly integrates him into Shadwell’s society, capturing candid moments that reflect the community’s intimacy and resilience, and raising a comparison of contrast between the artist’s concepts of ‘reefs’ and ‘fishtanks’. Influenced by renowned artists such as Boogie, Martin Parr, Juergen Teller, Nan Goldin, and Larry Clark, Galera’s work delves into underground culture, showcasing the diverse tapestry of Shadwell’s inhabitants.

‘Aquascaping’ invites viewers to immerse themselves in Galera’s world, where photographs merge seamlessly with objects, creating an immersive tableau of urban life. Galera’s vision transcends mere representation, offering viewers a deeper understanding of the community’s coexistence.