Brigitte Grignet

Welcome 2016
Location: Liege, Belgium
Nationality: Belgian/American
Biography: Brigitte Grignet is a Belgian photographer focusing in a more personal type of documentary photography. She studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York, where she lived for 15 years. She worked with Mary Ellen Mark... read on
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Welcome 2016
Credits: brigitte grignet
Date of Work: 05/30/16 - Ongoing
Updated: 07/06/17
Location: Belgium

Since the dawn of time people have migrated. There are now more displaced people and refugees than at any other time in recorded history. Among those who go into exile, some are more vulnerable than others. In 2015 one in four asylum seekers in Europe was a child, some unaccompanied by parents, sent by them into exile because they saw no future for them at home.

According to Eurostat, in 2015 about 90,000 unaccompanied minors entered the EU. It’s about 8 times more than what Europe experienced between 2008 and 2013. 91% of them were boys, and 51% were Afghan.

With the support of Magnum Emergency Fund I started photographing these boys last summer in Red Cross centers in Belgium. As part of this project I also produce photographic workshops where refugee youth are empowered to use photography to document their own experiences. They photograph their friends, their room, their feet.

At a time when borders are closing, fear and xenophobia are rising, it seems more crucial than ever to address the different issues of immigration, and tell the story of these refugee youth who travel thousands of miles without their parents or guardians, to try to rebuild a life.

Project supported by Magnum Foundation
September 2016

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By Brigitte Grignet — After the years spent with Mary Ellen Mark, Mexico only existed in black and white in my world. It was inhabited by little girls with big dresses,..


By Brigitte Grignet — In 2016 I set off to explore Poland, after a conversation I had with a Polish friend, who was wondering about the future of her country...

Colombia-El Corazón del Mundo

By Brigitte Grignet — In the Sierra Nevada, in the northern mountains of Colombia, the guerilla is hiding. The paramilitary is looking for them. 18-year-old soldiers..

The Children of the Sea

By Brigitte Grignet — IBIS was created in 1906 by King Albert in Ostend (Belgium) to offer a home and a maritime school to orphan boys whose father had perished at sea...

The Damned and the Beautiful

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New York-This is not America

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By Brigitte Grignet — There is always a persistent noise, somewhere, despite the neverending quest for being fully in the present. Today I am escaping my to-do lists and..


By Brigitte Grignet — The sound of the muezzin at four am. Some sheep grazing in the meager fields at the outskirts of the city. The smell of coffee with cardamom. In..

Here & Now

By Brigitte Grignet — Within me, I have childhood memories and frozen moments. From evenings spent looking at family albums, these fragments of life remain. I know the..

Troubled Life-Northern Ireland

By Brigitte Grignet — « Going to Derry is like traveling to an exotic country, » Anne says. Anne lives in Letterkenny, in the Republic of Ireland, 35 kms from Derry,..

Chiloé-La Cruz del Sur

By Brigitte Grignet — In 1974, I was six. I was in Belgium and I had never heard words such as “exile” or “dictatorship.” My mother had a pupil,..
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