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Theo Papandreopoylos
Sculpture MA

Royal College of Art

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Installation Art / Photography

My location: London, United Kingdom

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Theo Papandreopoylos

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First Name: Theo

Last Name: Papandreopoylos

University / College: Royal College of Art

Course / Program: Sculpture MA

Graduates: 2022

Specialisms: Installation Art / Photography

My Location: London, United Kingdom

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I am a visualartist, born in Greece and based in London. I work across a range of media, including sculpture, photography and publications.From a very early stage in my career I have been interested in studying the human body. In particular, I explore how people ‘perform’ their gender and how this is expressed through objects. In my recent work, I have studied contemporary representations of the body.Gender, masculinity and sexual identity are all part of my research. Moreover, I am interested in how society defines ‘the ideal body’ today and how this definition is constructed. The main conceptual basis of my sculpture is how society ‘genderises’ particular objects. I use these objects in unexpected ways, trying to re-present them with new meanings.

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In this project, I explore the relationship between masculinity and the automobile industry, focusing on how specific groups of men express their gender through their cars or motorbikes. The project is divided into 3 parts: a publication -(RISO printings) , a kinetic sculpture and a series of titanium pieces. My publication called O Includes a series of photos and interviews with car or motorbike owners aged between18 and 30, texts about their lifestyles and accounts of their games involving speed. This work is a snapshot of the macho gaze, as well as offers a deeper focus on this masculine subculture of Greece. . The second piece is called Pull! – Speed it up! –Enjoy is a facsimile of a real dispensing machine that addresses the topic of cars and masculinity ironically. The work invites the viewer to play, touch and observe. It focuses on the fetishisation of the individual parts of a car, as well as offering a depiction of the quasi-sexual attraction that men in these groups often express in relation to their cars. Finally, my deep interest in materiality and gesture is evidenced in the use of titanium in my work. I burn the metal at a specific temperature to create different colour variations. Inspired by the car industry and the individual taste of car owners, these pieces move between sculpture and painting, and between abstraction and figuration.