My work shows traces of a fleeting moment, an ephemeral existence and, most of all, a narrative that links us to each other in our daily life.
During the winter of 2014 and 2015, I collected lost gloves found on the streets of New York City. Each glove was then torn apart, manipulated, sewn, and stuffed, to create a singular character, taking on a life on its own. I believe that in each glove figure remains an essence, a trace of its former owner. The material, color, and texture of the found gloves were dictating the character they will embody. Street Figures was made possible by the passive contribution and participation of 25 people who lost their personal garment in public spaces. By collecting and manipulating the lost items, I created an exchange, taking one thing and in return, turning it into something else.
A city is made by all the individuals who inhabit it: the ones who we see every day and the invisible ones who merge with facades and sidewalks and who become the street itself. My practice is based on my own subjective experience of the city through the people I cross paths with on a daily basis.
Fanny Allié was born in Montpellier, in the south of France. She received her Master’s degree in visual arts from Ecole Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie (National School of Photography) in Arles, France in 2005 and moved to New York City shortly thereafter. Fanny was a selected for the Artist in the Marketplace program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts during 2006-07.
Several New York City institutions including A.I.R Gallery, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Roger Smith Arts Space, and Chashama have organized solo exhibitions of her work as has the Church of Saint-Eustache in Paris, France. Fresh Window Gallery, Freight + Volume Gallery, Field Projects, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, FIGMENT, and Dekalb Gallery/Pratt Institute are among those which have featured her work in group exhibitions. Fanny’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Brooklyn Magazine, Hyperallergic, Le Monde Diplomatique, DNA Info, Marie Claire Italy, and Artspace Magazine. Fanny was awarded the 2015-16 A.I.R. Gallery fellowship. She showed her work with Fresh Window Gallery during Art Basel for VOLTA 12 in Basel, Switzerland in June 2016.
In 2017 she will install her new interactive public sculpture, Exquisite Corpse, in collaboration with the New York City Department of Transportation in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Fanny lives and works in Brooklyn.