It’s Alive! Estelle Hanania and Gisele Vienne

IT’S ALIVE! à travers l’oeuvre de Gisèle Vienne, the new book from French photographer Estelle Hanania, gathers over ten years of collaboration and archives revolving around the artistic universe of choreographer Gisèle Vienne.


Shaking up the foundations of the classic live-performance book as we know it, It’s Alive! offers a singular take on the work of Gisèle Vienne, inviting the reader to look from beyond the stage’s borders, taking a step back and shifting perspectives, allowing to envision the whole of Vienne’s body of work under a fresh new light; the heart of the book deploying in truly free and sensible fashion, while eschewing the chronological, and/or thematic approach usually associated with such efforts.

Estelle Hanania’s photographs quite brilliantly meld the real and imaginary—the extraordinary and the incidental—to create contemporary visual folklore. While attending the School of Fine Arts in Paris, Estelle Hanania experimented with photography and honed her skills as a freelance art director. A month after receiving her degree, Hanania was awarded the 2006 Hyères Festival’s photography prize.

Available at Shelter Press