Good to Know // El Espacio // Miami Art Basel 2018

December 6 - 14, 2018
Opening Reception: December 6, 2018

Open to the public Thursday, December 6th - Tuesday, December 11th.
Hours: December 6-11, 2018: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm

December 12 - December 23rd: by appointment only

A retrofitted Cuban strip mall... turned project space.

Address: 3621 sw 8 st, Miami, FL 33135

El Espacio is located in the heart of Miami, FL on the famous Calle Ocho street of Little Havana and next to Miami's iconic landmark, Versailles Cuban Restaurant. The space was formerly occupied by Cuban style bodegas such as the original Farmacia Luis. The facade of the building has remained intact, paying homage to the eclectic style of each of the bodega's unique storefronts while the interior has been altered into one 6,000 square foot space.

For Good to Know’s El Espacio Miami exhibition, RATA Projects will present a site-specific installation by artist Fanny Allié in the Coin Laundromat storefront. The project is comprised of Allié’s life-size characters sewn out of plastic tras bags onto free-hanging canvas. The pieces will be visible from the exterior to engage passersby, as well as from within the space itself.

Roger Salerno, a psychoanalyst and professor of sociology who has written book exploring urban alienation and estrangement, calls laundromats “iconic places of loneliness,” in part because they provoke subconscious longings for domestic stability.

The subjects depicted in this series are inspired by nomadic people seen on the street and imagined characters, and informed by images found on the Internet. They evoke the history of the specific space and convey a more general sense of transience.

Allié captures the simultaneous ubiquity and instability of migration by utilizing ephemeral yet familiar materials: trash bags are ubiquitous and taken for granted, designated for one-time use. Allié finds ways to recycle and breathe life into thes castaway items, echoing the way in which El Espacio is being repurposed.

These itinerant figures inhabit the public realm - the streets - and exist in a fleeting “in-between” state (in between homes, in between point A and point B). Merging with objects they are carrying and the surrounding space, they become hybrid entities bordering on abstraction.

Allié’s nomadic and marginalized figures connect with the history and environment of Little Havana, activating the empty storefront with their bold presence and drawing outside viewers to the exhibition within. Little Havana, which is known to be the home to many immigrants - moving from one place to another – will also be the temporary shelter to Allié’s itinerant characters, frozen in motion during their journey.


Woman-Lost Shoe, 2018, H 88in, W 72in, trash bags sewn on canvas

Fanny Allié
Fanny Allié’s mixed media pieces on fabric and paper present figures fusing with their surroundings, bordering on abstraction. Abandoned debris, human beings, and the movement of the streets are coalesced and reformed into hybrid entities. Merged with their environment, her subjects become a type of cryptid or lost spirit, eerily human yet entirely different beings.


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