Fanny Allié is a mixed-media artist based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from Montpellier, France, she graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (The National School of Photography) in Arles, France in 2005, and moved to New York City shortly after. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Hyperallergic, Le Monde Diplomatique, Marie Claire Italy and Artspace Magazine, and she’s been exhibited by Princeton University, DOT Art, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and Fresh Window gallery to name select shows.
"My practice is based on the relationship between my characters and the space they inhabit – the space around them – how they occupy and modify it by using the presence of their body: bending, crouching, kneeling, lying down, falling, through their gestures and the weight they carry. I create unstable, fragile and obscure structures and architectures for my characters to occupy and to be contained. A choreography between bodies, gestures, structured elements, unidentified objects and hanging threads appear within these places of passage.
The dematerialization of the body is suggested through my use of fragmented body parts; the figures are sometimes cut in half or partly concealed. The figures blend with their environment and become the substance or the matter of the city itself that relate to the nature of the found materials, refuse and lost elements of daily existence that I collect. I am creating containers in which I store mental images born from personal and collective experiences. These shapes can be more or less abstracted; they blend to create the negative version of the world we are familiar with. My work explores the questions of home, the sense of belonging and exclusion, passage and ephemeral and the disappearance of the body.
In conversation with my solitary studio practice, which is driven by the handmade process, I develop site-specific and community-based public art projects. The public sculpture and its surrounding become a place of social hangout where participants and the audience may get to meet and interact with each other. The human figure, with a particular interest in its outline or trace, is at the core of my public work and play with ideas of memory and the mark we leave on places and others." - Fanny Allié
2005, Master’s degree in Visual Arts with honorable mention, École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (National School of Photography) Arles, France
2001, Degree in Performing Arts, Paul Valéry University, Montpellier, France
2018, Kalos-Sthénos (permanent public installation), September 6, Parc des Sens, St Priest, France
2018, Waiting to be found, April 6 – May 5, Equity Gallery, Lower East Side, NY
2018, Sidewalk Sightings: People without Homes, Feb 26 - April 12, Bernstein Gallery, Princeton University, NJ
2017, Gray & Tan, Oct 20 – Nov 19, Fresh Window Gallery, Bushwick, NY
2017, Exquisite Corpse, April 2017-March 2018 (interactive public art sculpture), Putnam Plaza in Clinton Hill commissioned by DOT Art, NYC
2016, Vessels, January 7th-February 7th, A.I.R Gallery, Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY
2015, Les Voyageurs (permanent public art) commissioned by Rubis Mécénat, St Priest, France
2015, A Bench For The Night (public art), PS1 Greenstreet, May 15 - Nov 15, Long Island City, NY
2015, The Balcony Project, site-specific installation, April 30 - Aug 15, Art Assets Office, Midtown East, NY
2014, Urban Characters (storefront installation), Ayzart, Oct 13 – Nov 13, West Village, NY
2014, The Glowing Home (public art) March 13 - April 30, ARTBLOC, shipping container in Hamilton Square, Jersey City, NJ
2013-14, Serendipity (public outdoor sculpture) June 22, 2013 – April 25, 2014, part of NYC Parks & Recreation’s Art in the Parks program, Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan, NY
2013, Window at 125, Roger Smith Arts Space, November 5-27, Midtown, NYC