Alexa Wright is London-based artist working across photography, video, and interactive installation. In the late 1990s she became known for After Image, an award-winning series of photographs of people with phantom limbs. Since then, much of her practice has involved building reciprocal relationships with people with mental/physical differences, medical conditions and, most recently, with people in prison. As well as being beneficial for participants this way of working enables Alexa to gather personal accounts that intimately and empathetically address questions of human identity, otherness and vulnerability.
Alexa has engaged in several long term inter-disciplinary collaborations, for example with Alf Linney, Professor of Medical Physics and computer scientists at UCL (1999-2010), and an interdisciplinary team based in Toronto looking at the emotional and psychological effects of heart transplantation (2007-20). In 2015 she carried out a participatory project at two NHS Recovery Centres for people experiencing mental health crises. Alexa is currently working on Inside Stories, an Arts Council funded participatory video project in three prisons, and with respondents to HI-COVE: a scientific study into the effects of Long Covid on Black, Asian, and Arabic communities.
Alexa’s work has been widely shown internationally in festivals such as: FILE, SESI Art Gallery, Sao Paolo, Brazil; DaDaFest International, Liverpool, UK, International Women Artists’ Biennale, Incheon, Korea and Athens Photo Festival, Benaki Museum, Athens. Examples of solo exhibitions include: Toronto Photographers Workshop, Canada; Experimental Arts Foundation, Adelaide, Australia and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh. Alexa has works in a number of public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; The Wellcome Trust and various Universities.