Is the body the prison of the soul as Plato proposed or is the body the vehicle to get to know our essence? Plato argued that the body is a limitation for the soul since it is subject to physical desires and needs, a deep interconnection that can be seen in the works of Erik Alcón, María Asenjo, Sandra Baquero, Carolina Calata, María Sánchez-Castro and Almu Wilson, who invert the Platonic statement to present the body as a gateway to the essence. Extracorporeal proposes to accept, know, investigate and enjoy our body as a tool to experience the reality we inhabit, transcending the barriers imposed by the political, the cultural and the physical to find a space where the essence can be and fully manifest itself. Thus, the Out of Body experience invites us to explore how art can free the body from its physical restrictions and allow us to connect with our essence beyond materiality.

With a palette marked by magenta, Sandra Baquero presents the body as a portal to the interior, a way for deeper introspection that seeks to transgress one’s own body, a regression to past lives that through acceptance, self-criticism and reconciliation with all our parts help us to rediscover our present. Almu Wilson and his large-format oceanic works flood the room to reflect on how we relate to what surrounds us. His work Entraña marina is a visual and literal reference to the most essential, a hypothesis of everything we could find in the ocean and in the depths of each one. From the depths of Erik Alcón come the disruption and the post-punk aesthetic and the Club Kids, fantastic and surreal characters who flee from any label imposed by a body and the gender construct that accompanies it. Through her photographs, María Asenjo carries out this exercise of self-knowledge through the mirror, the reflection of the body and identity, creating dreamlike universes with a dystopian aspect in which it is impossible to discern between the reality and falsehood of the images and one’s own. concepts. María Sánchez-Castro revives the memories of her father by transferring the images from family albums to oil and drawing with thread, a technique with which she represents the fragility of memories, intervening in turn with the photographs with the distortion generated by memory, that fantastic air in the memory. Finally, Carolina Calata shows in her Corporal Anthropology how the environment affects the formation of identity, the places that have passed over her materialized as maps on the skin.

Extracorporeal is an invitation to experience the essence through the body and beyond it, enter the works, go through the mirror and revive that map, rediscovering new ways of understanding and appreciating bodies and their inseparable essences. Regression and memory or projection are past and future identities that inhabit and give life to our bodies. Lives that with their bodies leave their mark on nature, on their physical and social environment, on other essences and on other bodies. Extracorporeal is an exhibition that hopes to transcend the bodily experience of your visit to dwell in memory as a memory of what was perceived and a latent reflection.

Erik Alcón (Puebla de Argeme, 2000), recently graduated in Fine Arts from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid (2023). Artist and designer, both at the same time or separately, his works are a reflection of his inner world. Drawing on his creativity and imagination, he routinely creates without sketches, resulting in explosions of surrealism and color through both physical and digital techniques. With his work META-IPSE (2023) and Star-clown (2023) manifest androgynous bodies that flee from the construction of the normative genre, thus opening a door to the essence where the disruptive attitude makes sense as long as the body is released to fully manifest.

Inés Alonso Jarabo (Madrid, 1996), is an independent curator, with a master’s degree in Cultural Management and Research (Moncloa Campus of Excellence, 2023), currently carrying out her work as gallery and team coordinator at Galería Nueva (2022-). She “I practice artistic creation through text, seeking to generate dialogue between art and the public through works and expository discourse”. Since 2021, Inés Alonso Jarabo has collaborated as a curator at Aran Art Network and has independently participated in other projects such as the Hybrid (Beatriz Pereira Gallery, 2023) and MARTE (Atelier Solar, 2023) art fairs, always seeking with her work that the artists identify themselves and feel represented in the exhibition project.

María Asenjo Bejarano (Madrid, 1997), Superior Technician of Plastic Arts and Design in Arts Applied to the Wall at the La Palma School of Art (Madrid, 2019) and graduated in Fine Arts from the Rey Juan Carlos University (Madrid, 2023), This multidisciplinary artist investigates with different plastic techniques such as painting or photography. In her brief career, she has exhibited in several rooms and received different awards, such as the 8M University Photography Contest, organized by the State Attorney General’s Office, in which she was 2nd finalist. The unknown, the surreal, our own and at the same time foreign, is something that continually leads us to self-contemplation. Thus, with her work Dream like Child (2023) she proposes us to reflect on self-knowledge through the mirror, dreamlike universes with a dystopian aspect in which it is impossible to discern between the reality and falsehood of the images and the concepts themselves. .

Sandra Baquero Arias (Toledo, 1999), plastic and digital artist graduated in Fine Arts from the Rey Juan Carlos University of Madrid (2023) stands out for her color palette in warm and pastel tones, with a postmodern influence and a predilection for culture. Japanese, inspired by artists such as Aya Takano and Yoshitomo Nara. With her work, the artist invites the viewer to an introspective search for what the body contains, transgressing and reaching a regression to past lives that help us discover the present. Through her work Resurrection of her (2023), Evolution (2023) and Control (2023), this plastic artist creates a personal universe where the soul transcends the material.

Carlota Barreda Piga (Madrid, 2000) graduated in Art History from the Complutense University of Madrid (2023). She is largely dedicated to artistic dissemination through writing and social media. She participates in the development of this curatorial project by planning activities that will make the viewer interact with the exhibition space and the artists’ works.

Carolina Calata (Guadalajara, Mexico, 1995), graduated in architecture from the Universidad Marista de Guadalajara (2017), has ventured into the artistic field as a photographer, specializing in author photography. After receiving a scholarship in the master’s degree in photography and post-production from TOO MANY FLASH (Madrid), he has participated in collective exhibitions such as “Corporal Anthropology” (2023), exploring themes related to social influence on individuals, spaces, the human footprint and the environmental impact. Carolina Calata recovers her Corporal Anthropology project with the body as a crucial element that leaves its mark on its environment, experiencing how this process also occurs inversely: “I want to talk about the places that have passed over me, places where something important happened, materialized as maps on my skin”, says the artist.

Marina Ciarimboli (Murcia, 2000) is studying the Master’s Degree in Art Market and Management of Related Companies at Nebrija University (Madrid). During the year 2022, she was part of the organization of the cultural cycle “Back to Dosmil” for Fundación Cajamurcia. In addition, she has been part of the direction and organization, as an intern, of the 2023 edition of Hybrid Art Fair. Among her latest works as a curator, the exhibition “The Graphic Work of Ramón Gaya: meeting other techniques” at the Ramón Gaya Museum in Murcia or the call “Exhibition Projects”: Migration Experience, by Danny Cruz Pérez in collaboration with the University of Murcia. Currently, she participates in the curation of “And my eyes are like the sherry that the guest leaves in the glass”, an exhibition project of the Nebrija University that can be visited this September at the Galileo Cultural Center.

María Sánchez-Castro (Madrid, 2000), recently graduated in Fine Arts with her own degree in Digital Artistic Creation at the Francisco de Vitoria University (2019-2023). She is an artist who seeks to resolve and share her concerns by experimenting with new techniques in her art. With her line style, she creates a new world in which she immerses herself and captures the emotions and that inner world that each one has through the techniques of engraving, mural painting or illustration. María Sánchez captures in her work Somos Recuerdos the ultimate way in which we can consider the survival of the soul beyond the body, in the memory that the loved one leaves when they have already left. Through oil and the intervention of photographs, the artist manages to represent the memory of her father’s soul, persistent and eternal.

Milagros Valerio (Lima, 1998) Communicator and archivist. She is doing a master’s degree in Conservation and Exhibition of Contemporary Art at the University of the Basque Country. She has published film essays in the academic journal Tecmerin and in the Mexican review magazine Correspondencias: cine y pensamiento. She is currently collaborating with the experimental audiovisual platform Hamaca with the production of a publication on the preservation of artistic interventions in public spaces. From the field of creation, she has exhibited short films at the Alcances 2021 Festival (Cádiz), the Hecho por Mujeres 2022 Festival (Peru) and at the Tabakalera International Center for Contemporary Culture (Donostia).

Almu Wilson (Madrid, 1999), graduated in Fine Arts and Digital Creation from the Francisco de Vitoria University (2019-2023), is a multidisciplinary artist who understands design as a vital part of art. She likes to feel like a foreigner in her own city, she describes herself as vitalist and if she could, she would paint her whole life blue. With her works Entraña marina (2023) and Aguas (2023), she reveals the experimentation of the body as an intermediary element between intrinsic and extrinsic reality, being in turn the tool to experience both. She introduces us to the ocean to remember its importance as a fundamental element for the development of life, accompanied by a sculpture whose structure resembles coral, with which she wants to remind us of the 97% surface and organisms that are unknown in the ocean. .

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Erik Alcón, María Asenjo Bejarano, Sandra Baquero, Carolina Calata, María Sánchez- Castro y Almu Wilson. Comisariado por Inés Alonso Jarabo y Marina Ciarimboli. Actividades paralelas: Milagros Valerio y Carlota Barreda Piga. Música por Jaime Domingo.

From July 16 to July 30 of 2023