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Leandro Allochis

The Symbolic Body

Preview: Friday, 2 December, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Exhibition: 3 December - 14 January 2023
Opening Times: Thu - Sat, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Abject Gallery, 27 Fawcett Street, Sunderland, SR1 1RE  

Allochis’ photographs combine references to art history combined with the sensuality and visual impact of advertising language to debate issues of identity, body, territory, and gender. The portraits contain in “The Symbolic Body” account for the shifts of emphasis, deconstructions and new paradigms making of today’s corporeality the mark and primary metaphor of our time. The body as geography and as a peculiar map, mobile, vulnerable, and malleable, of identities increasingly plural, complex, and transitory. A body that transcends its forms and biological and cultural functions in order to become a metaphor and laboratory for hybridizations and recreations of founding archetypes. New alchemies for transmuting both organic and cultural corporeality through artifices and procedures that challenge ideologies, categorizations and roles surrounding corporeality. The technologies and mythologies that traverse the rituals and visibilities of the body in contemporary life. The postmodern reconfiguration of the body and its symbolic universe, as evidenced through the breaches in the traditional models of appearances and practices relating to bodies.

Leandro Allochis is a visual artist, photographer, and investigator, born in Perito Moreno, Patagonia Argentina in 1974. He is Professor of Arts, having specialized in iconography and symbology of art at the University of Seville (Spain) and in history of fashion at the Instituto Andaluz de Teatro, also in Seville, and completing his training in the areas of sociology and semiotics of arts at the UBA and IUNA (Buenos Aires). He gives lectures and seminars at the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes (AAMNBA), Universidad de Palermo, Instituto Ortega y Gasset and Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), among other places. His artistic investigations of their presentation of the body in relation to fashion and the mass media have earned him fellowships from the Fundación Antorchas and the Centro Cultural Rojas (Argentina). As a researcher he has published various articles and essays on theme topics to Parsons The New School for Design (New York, U.S.) and Universidad de Palermo (Argentina). In 2017 he published his book “The Symbolic Body” where he combines his photographs with theoretical essays written by renowned researchers from U.S., Spain and Argentina.

Please note the exhibition will be closed between Saturday 24th December 2022 and Wednesday 4th January 2023

This exhibition has been made possible by funding from Sunderland Culture.

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