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Amelie Chabannes – Fragments Galerie Hussenot, Paris April 28th to June 6th 2011

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Amelie Chabannes - Fragments - Galerie Hussenot, Paris

New York City Based French Artist Amelie Chabannes takes her latest exhibition to Paris.

“FRAGMENTS”
From the 28th Of April to the 6th of June 2011

Opening thursday the 28th of April 2011
5 pm

Galerie Hussenot
5 bis, rue des Haudriettes
75003 PARIS
T : +33(0)1 4887 6081 – info@galeriehussenot.comhttp://www.galeriehussenot.com

Amélie Chabannes / Fragments
Texte de Julie Boukobza
La première exposition personnelle d’Amélie Chabannes à la galerie Hussenot à Paris est constituée d’une somme de « Fragments ». Dans « l’Archéologie du Savoir », Michel Foucault évoque « ce qui transforme les documents en monuments ». Chabannes empreinte les façons de l’archéologue, cherche et devient l’objet de sa quête. Elle évoque les grottes de Chauvet, comme Paul Thek en son temps les catacombes de Palerme. Sculpture après sculpture, strate après strate, elle enfouit, dégage, excave et replonge les matériaux, animaux, traces et vestiges. L’identité, plus que la quête de l’autre, est le prétexte utilisé par l’artiste pour expérimenter et forger une pratique protéiforme. Entre sa fascination pour le Lagerstatte, lieu de conservation des fossiles, et son obsession pour le couple que formait le peintre Kokoschka et Alma Mahler, femme à hommes du XIXème siècle, Amélie Chabannes réalise des oeuvres à sa mesure. La biométrie est transformée en arme pour préserver l’identité de l’artiste à travers ses sculptures, dessins et installations. Les amours tempêtueuses de Kokoschka et Alma font l’objet de dessins au calque ou les corps se mélangent, où l’artiste s’immisce dans ce pas de deux, quand la fusion prend le pas sur le sentiment amoureux. Les visages en plâtre décomposés rappellent les travestissements multiples et autres brouillages de pistes de Leigh Bowery, contenus dans un carré de plexiglas. L’artiste décrit ces boîtes comme des « espaces mentaux ». Même espace dans lesquels évolue une autre forme, le clitoris, l’organe féminin par excellence, libéré de ses fonctions. Au creux d’une sculpture on découvre parfois des apparitions de Betty Page ou Linda Lovelace, des visages de femmes archétypales des années 50 à 70. La notion d’identité sexuelle ne cesse en effet de rattraper l’artiste et de questionner l’aliénation qu’elle représente pour les femmes. La méduse, forme libre, nageuse et sexuée, fait aussi partie de ce bestiaire empêché, présence impossible à définir, tout aussi animale que végétale. Des chapelets dégoulinent de plâtre sur le carcan de l’identité religieuse. Amélie Chabannes vit à New York, ville en passe de devenir un vaste terrain de fouille, avec l’influence de Urs Fischer, Matthew Day Jackson, David Altmedj comme fiers étendards d’un retour à l’ordre antique. Identité sociale, sexuelle, religieuse, ou le « get over yourself » répété par Thek à maintes reprises dans ses carnets. A Chabannes de sacrifier le lustre et la porcelaine familiale pour en finir avec les conventions sociales liées à un milieu figé. Un index en cire pointe l’une de ces sculptures stratifiées, la main de l’architecte semblant avoir remplacée celle de l’artiste l’espace d’un instant, afin de constater l’œuvre déjà accomplie.

Amelie Chabannes, Fragments, Galerie Hussenot, Paris

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Written by Jon Cronin

May 11, 2011 at 18:43

FIAF presents World Nomads Morocco Festival – April 30–May 31, 2011

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Are you in New York City this month? Don’t forget to check out this amazing festival.

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI
FIAF presents World Nomads Morocco Festival
April 30–May 31, 2011

FIAF’s annual World Nomads Festival is a New York City destination that celebrates 21st-century transculturalism through the arts while advancing critical thinking and dialogue among cultures. The integrated platform offers opportunities for an exchange of ideas and artistic expression among traditional and contemporary cultures.

The Festival’s fourth edition arrives this May at a historic time to celebrate the many facets of Morocco.

One of the highlights of the Festival will be the Key Note Talk on May 11 with André Azoulay, Royal Advisor to His Majesty King Mohammed VI, and Faouzi Skali, a widely recognized cultural and intellectual figure in Morocco.

Morocco is recognized worldwide for its distinctive and layered cultural identity. The country’s unique geographical location has made it a crossroad for ancient trade routes, and continues to contribute to its importance as a migratory highway for ideas and peoples.

Today’s Morocco shines as a hub of traditional and modern creative expression where ancient cultural practices thrive while innovations are woven into vibrant contemporary artistic forms. The Festival will explore its parallel ancient/modern culture, sustainability, women, and the environment.

The festival is conceived by the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIAF) and organized in partnership with leading Moroccan and U.S. cultural institutions. The Festival is made possible with the generous support of numerous sponsors.

The Festival is curated by Zeyba Rahman, Chief Curator, and Lili Chopra, FIAF’s Artistic Director.

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May 11, 2011 at 18:30

Master Gnaoua Musicians – FIAF, World Nomads Morocco Festival

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Saturday, May 21, 2011
8pm

Venue at FIAF
Florence Gould Hall
55 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

Morocco’s leading Gnaoua masters, representing the major Gnaoua centers of Essaouira and Marrakech, will present an unprecedented performance of this entrancing and mystical music. They include Mustapha Bakbou and Mahmoud Guinea, among others. Originating in sub-Saharan Africa, the music serves as both a prayer and a celebration of life with strong, distinctive rhythmic beats and acrobatic dancing.

Presented in partnership with Essaouira Mogador Association with the Gnaoua and World Music Festival and Yerma Gnaoua Association (Essaouira)

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May 11, 2011 at 18:24

French Game Draws Melange To New York City Park

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Great story about petanque on NPR
 

The people playing are old, young and from everywhere. Biltsted points out players. "I'm from Denmark, we have a British guy, we have French people, of course. We have probably 17 to 19 different nationalities." The president of this local petanque club, which is called La Boule New Yorkaise, is Ernesto Santos.

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July 22, 2010 at 15:45

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Thierry Henry Fell in Love With New York City the First Time He Laid Eyes on It

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Great article in the WSJ.

Mr. Henry can't quite put his finger on what it is about New York that he finds so seductive. Part of it is the sports scene—he is a rare example of someone who can explain third downs, double plays, pick and rolls, and the offsides rule, all in French. He expects to become a fixture at Madison Square Garden, where he has friends on the court and courtside. Spike Lee, practically the mayor of the Garden's sideline, was a devout Arsenal fan during the Henry era. And the Knicks' new French signing, Ronny Turiaf, numbers among Mr. Henry's closest friends—he even attended his introductory news conference at Red Bull Arena, in Harrison, N.J., towering above the crowd of reporters to snap pictures of his buddy.

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July 22, 2010 at 15:45

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Pétanque in New York City.

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I love Pétanque, I even built a court at our house in the countryside. The game is amazing and is best played with a glass of Rose in hand and some sun in the sky and a long and lazy Sunday. If you are in New York be sure to check out – LA BOULE NEW YORKAISE.

They play in Bryant Park and in Washington Square Park, though the latter is under reconstruction right now. Some of their members also play in various parts of Queens, Brooklyn, and Westchester. Their club is dedicated to promoting pétanque as a fun and recreational activity, as well as a competitive sport.

Over in Brooklyn – Check out Brooklyn Boule – Petanque in Brooklyn, New York. Playing in McCarren Park Williamsburg / Greenpoint, or other areas in Brooklyn. All players welcome.  – Wednesday Nights @ 8.00 and Sunday Afternoons @ 3.00 –


Written by Jon Cronin

May 14, 2010 at 20:37

Anthropometric Self-Portrait by Amelie Chabannes – ArtWeLove

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Dear ArtWeLove enthusiasts,

Those of you who know me are well aware of my enthusiasm for the French Touch phenomenon in visual arts. Yes, just like their musical counterparts, the new generation of French artists rocks. And Brooklyn-based Amelie Chabannes is one of them.

Amelie’s art primarily deals with the notion of identity and its many layers. Through her drawings, paintings, video, and sculptures, she explores both the physical and psychological aspects of self.

With a background that extends from fine art to architecture, she uses unique materials and unexpected metaphors to challenge our current views of identity.

As a long-time French expatriate who’s embraced her new self in The Big Apple, I relate to her themes and the very personal touch she brings to them.

When we saw her work at Stephan Stoyanov gallery in the Lower East Side, we particularly loved her use of anthropometry, as well as her very own childhood drawings in her self-portraits.

Upon chatting further during our studio visit, we discovered an artist deeply influenced by Jungian psychoanalysis.

How do we become who we are? How are outside circumstances and perceptions influencing our sense of identity? How are the various layers of memories affecting who we are? What can we discover in our dreams?

Take a look at Anthropometric Self-Portrait and notice the precision of the lines, the sharpness of the grid, the softness of the watercolor, and the raw quality of these almost automatic childhood drawings.

Yes, there’s more to Amelie’s art than meets the eye. You’ll need both sides of your brain to fully grasp the vastness of her identity.

Now, think about your own sense of identity. And think again.

Laurence Lafforgue
Founder, ARTWELOVE

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May 13, 2010 at 15:19