Artist profile of Amelie Chabannes and her work leading up to and during the installation of her project Double Portrait and the Fourth Hand at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, CT, USA.
Directed and Produced by: Maceo Bishop
Interesting article on Amelie Chabannes by Elody Chappuyon from A Graphic Life
Faisons de nouveau la promotion d’une artiste française qui vit à l’étranger. Formée à l’ENSAD, Amélie Chabannes est installée à Brooklyn en 2003. Elle expose régulièrement en France quoi qu’il arrive (Fiac, Galerie Hussenot, La Hune Gallery…). Ses thématiques artistiques sont, sans aucun doute, liées en partie à son histoire personnelle et de ses connexions, déconnexions entre plusieurs pays.
The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Amelie about her latest piece:
“Master Plaster Blaster” – Amelie Chabannes – Crossing the Line Festival Article
WALL STREET JOURNAL
By LIZZIE SIMON
… “Sugar, spice and everything nice” might be what little girls are made of, but grown women have a few more ingredients to add. This is true for artist Amelie Chabannes, who this summer amassed a wide range of objects and images to represent the depth of her identity. She then encased them in plaster so that she could excavate, explore and explode them live at the French Institute Alliance Française from Oct. 12-16 in her performance installation, “Intimate, Immensity and Lagerstatten.”
The term “Lagerstatten” refers to a territory rich in well-preserved fossils, and Ms. Chabannes wants “immensity” to feel both like a staged archeological dig and like “entering a being”.
The initial idea for the piece came to the Paris-born, Brooklyn-based artist after she stumbled upon a metaphor about the self as a building in Gaston Bachelard’s “Poetics of Space,” a book she is “bananas for,” she said. “I’ve read it again and again for 15 years. Everything started from that.”
For traditional galleries, this is a challenging piece. For starters, there’s nothing to sell. But FIAF’s Crossing the Line festival, which often supports genre and commerce-defying work, encouraged her mission to “get out of this classical thing of making art in the studio and then showing it.”
Ms. Chabannes will be uncovering herself each day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Given the kind of energy self-exploration requires, we wondered about lunch, and she said she’d be taking 15-minute breaks.
But don’t the French disdain rushed meals? “Totally,” she said. “It’s against my cultural identity.”
“One of the fall’s most exciting and thought provoking performance events”
—New York Times (2010)
The fifth edition of Crossing the Line, the annual fall festival of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), hits NYC September 17–October 16, 2011. Check back here for up-to-the-minute details and information. Full website and ticket sales will launch August 1.
Crossing the Line is conceived as a platform to present vibrant new developments in artistic practices on both sides of the Atlantic. Initiated and produced by FIAF in partnership with leading New York cultural institutions, the fifth annual edition of this transdisciplinary, genre-defying festival of contemporary arts provides opportunities for New Yorkers to explore the dialogue between artist and participant; to examine how artists help re-imagine the world around us; and to engage with the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution.
Marie Losier’s latest film “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” is sure to be a hit! We have been watching her career over the past few years and she is destined for success! Have a read of her latest interview on IndieWire.
Marie Losier was born in France in 1972, and now lives in New York City where she is a filmmaker and curator. She has made a number of film portraits on avant-garde directors, musicians and composers such as Mike and George Kuchar, Guy Maddin, Richard Foreman, Tony Conrad and Genesis P-Orridge. Whimsical, poetic, dreamlike and unconventional, her films explore the life and work of these artists.