“tête-à-tête” is a site-specific installation in the chashama Garment District window.
A series of 24 handmade sculptural heads made out of papier-mâché, are on display.
All the heads were based on the same figure (from a mannequin) but several influences were used to create the traits, features and props such as images found in the news, in magazines, on the internet and the artist’s own family.
Positioned at eye level, the paper heads and passersby will face each other like in a “tête-à-tête” (private conversation between two people, literally “head-to-head). The disembodied heads act as possible receptacles for storytelling.
Fanny Allié was born in 1981 in the South of France (Montpellier). She graduated from The National School of Photography in Arles in 2005. She was a selected artist for the program, Artist in the Marketplace (AIM 27) at the Bronx Museum of the Arts during 2006-07. Fanny has exhibited in New York (Eye Level BQE in Brooklyn, Bronx Blue Bedroom Project, participated in group exhibitions at Freight and Volume, Envoy, NY Studio Gallery among others). Her work has also been shown in Belgium, France (Les Nuits Blanches in Paris), Italy (Fondazione Mertz) Germany (Preview Berlin, the Emerging Art Fair), Spain (Optica Festival) and Mexico (Ex Teresa Arte Actual), she participated in art residencies in Berlin (2005) and Brussels (2008). Her work was on view at the John Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin (June-Sept 2010). She will be included in the show “Chat Room” at the BRIC Rotunda Gallery in March 2011 and in the group show “Nuages” at the Cité Radieuse in Marseille, France in June 2011. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
artist website: www.fannyallie.com