Art Statement/Bio/Exhibitions


Artist Statement and Biography

Allicette Torres is best known for her photographic series on the conceptual nude. As a figurative photographer and curator the core of her work is about memory—the compelling, yearning, starvation or the gluttony it may elicit.

Incorporating aspects of sculpture, film, and performance art she deliberately orchestrates her photos to imbue the pain of the past and its ramifications in present. Often through highly charged themes such as repression, history, race, and sexuality her photographs ask, “How does history coupled with choices or inactions shape the fabric and legacy of who we are?”

Originally from Dorado, Puerto Rico, her early work visually depicted the historical context of colonialism and legacy through poetic and at times brutal imagery challenging the viewer. Since, her work has grown to be as formally ambitious, expressive as well as psychically probing.

By 2012 she had been featured in over 35 national exhibitions, and was specially selected by General Electric Co. to exhibit at the Image in the Mirror: Reflection on Identity in Fairfield Connecticut

At the 2013 Femmes, Ancien Musée de Peinture Place de Verdun – Grenoble, France, Allicette debuted “Liberation Through Oppression” a controversial work regarding the hajib and burka and its context within the political climate in Europe.

She was recently selected to show at the 2014 art exhibitions being held at  Project Gallery in Toronto, Canada and Maison de Associations, Pont De Claix, France. Allicette has also been a finalist in the 3rd Edition International Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Nude category.

Motivated by her conscientious approach to create a platform that will broaden the established confines of what is the nude photographic figure as art, Allicette founded the magazine Clear Nude, a quarterly publication focusing on the artistic nude.

With a growing recognition of her work, nationally and internationally, Allicette Torres continues to expand the boundaries of the nude figure in photography, by breaking out of the photographic frame evoking a fearless and vulnerable image.

Residing in Harlem New York, Allicette is a member of the Woman’s Caucus for Art (WCA) and artHARLEM, both major organizations for art in the United States and an affiliate of the Italian art collective, l’ association Eco E Narciso.


Publisher and Founder of Clear Nude Magazine

 

Select Group Exhibitions

2014

  • Fluid, Project Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
  • Bodies, North Seattle University Art Gallery, Seattle, Washington
  • Femmes, Maison des Associations, Pont De Claix, France
  • i found god in myself: The 40th Anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls at La Maison d’Art, in conjunction with the New York Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York

 

2013

  • Box, Masters & Pelavin, New York
  • Femmes, Ancien Musée de Peinture Place de Verdun – Grenoble, France

 

2012

  • 10 (Squared), LeRoy Neiman Gallery, New York
  • Reflections, Maison d’ Art Gallery, New York
  • 4th Annual Doomsday Film Festival & Art Show, 92Y Gallery Tribeca, New York
  • Works in Process, Studio Tour, Parlour 153, New York
  • Selections, Floor4Art Gallery, New York
  • Image in the Mirror: Reflection on Identity, General Electric Fine Art Gallery, Connecticut
  • Shadows Breath Away, Brick Wall Gallery, New York
  • Convergence, Maison d’ Art Gallery, New York
  • Nature’s Return, Sponsored by The City of New York Parks Dept., Arsenal Gallery, New York
  • Art in a Box, Masters & Pelavin, New York

 

2011

  • Dialogues, Taller Boricua Gallery, New York
  • EAST X WEST X HARLEM, Floor4Art Gallery, New York
  • Works in Process, Parlour 153, New York
  • The Error of My Ways, Brick Wall Gallery, New York
  • Objects of Power and Beauty, Gallery at CafeOne, New York

 

2010

  • Collective Connectivity, Casa Frela Gallery, New York
  • The Greatest, Brick Wall Gallery at Caffe Latte, New York
  • A.I.R. Gallery: Generations 9, A.I.R. Gallery, New York

 

2009

  • False Idols, Real and Imagined Perspectives of Latina Women, Casa Frela Gallery, New York
  • Latinas en Foco, Clemente Soto Velez Gallery, New York
  • A.I.R. Gallery: Generations 8, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
  • Harlem 4, Casa Frela Gallery, New York

 

2008

  • EVOLUTION: The Changing Face of Harlem, Columbia University, New York
  • Generations 7, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
  • Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour, New York
  • Small Works, New York, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
  • Harlem 3, Casa Frela Gallery, New York

 

2007

  • Harlem Open Artist Studio Tour (HOAST) Open Studio, New York
  • artHARLEM: A Harlem Art Summer, New York
  • Generations 6, A.I.R. Gallery, New York
  • Harlem Gentrification Board Series, New York

 

Interviews / Articles / Publications / Press

2013 Soir 3 newscast television network France 3

2013 Tribe Magazine, Issue 13

2012 Harlem World Magazine

2010 LOTL Magazine

 

Lectures

2012 General Electric Webinar LIVE Session, Connecticut

2010 The Invention of Abandon, photographs from Picher, Oklahoma, Parlour 153, New York

2008 Artist Talk, invitational by artHARLEM, New York

2007 The Latina Feminist Perspective, Parlour 153, New York

2006 El Saborcito: Hispanic Illustrators in the Children’s Publishing, New York

2005 Arte de Puerto Rico: Vejigante Masks of Puerto Rico, New York

 

Curator

Parlour 153

Casa Frela Gallery

Brick wall Gallery

 

Member

l’ association Eco E Narciso

artHARLEM

Women’s Caucus for Art