Brigitte Grignet

Photographer
 
ISOLA
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
Public Story
ISOLA
Credits: brigitte grignet
Date of Work: 06/01/13 - 06/30/13
Updated: 10/21/18

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 fleeing to Isola Comacina on the Como Lake. The suitcase is ready, the photo bag  is in the trunk. Kilometers fly by but I am already thinking about what I’d like to accomplish. Stubborn habits. The house  is waiting, bright and chilly. Birds got quiet, for a moment. Ducks are not used to our presence yet and hares are hiding.

 

The night came upon us, alone on the island, with the only human presence of Erick next door. In the morning we leave on expeditions. On the steps of Kafka and Stendhal, it is easy to be seduced by the grace of the lake, the lushness of vegetation and the reminders of the elegance of another time. Villas are waiting for summer. Tomatoes are bursting with colors. But in the mountains there are few farmers left and many young people have left and work in Switzerland. Erbonne, former fiefdom of smugglers, only counts 10 inhabitants nowadays.

 

The carnival of Schignano reminds of the poverty and emigration that used to characterize the region of Val D’Intelvi. In Mezzegra a cross evokes Mussolini’s death. Forget about postcards and tourist busses. Stay still.  Every night a toad comes in the kitchen. We stare at each other, petrified. On a Sunday we watched the storm strike on the Lario. The light became more mysterious, more dramatic.

 

Between encounters and wanders time got less pressing. Under a burning sun, there is an unsuspected solemnity. A gentleness, too. The gentleness of these weeks spent facing oneself, looking at the infinitesimally small. 

 

Artist residency - June 2013

WBI Wallonie Bruxelles International

7,800

By Brigitte Grignet —

VISUAL STORY

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..
VISUAL STORY

Poland

By Brigitte Grignet / POLAND — In 2016 I set off to explore Poland, after a conversation I had with a Polish friend, who was wondering..
VISUAL STORY

Mexico

By Brigitte Grignet / OAXACA — After the years spent with Mary Ellen Mark, Mexico only existed in black and white in my world. It was..
VISUAL STORY

Polonia

By Brigitte Grignet — In 2016 I set off to explore Poland, after a conversation I had with a Polish friend, who was wondering..
VISUAL STORY

Colombia-El Corazón del Mundo

By Brigitte Grignet / La SIerra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia — In the Sierra Nevada, in the northern mountains of Colombia, the guerilla is hiding. The paramilitary is..
VISUAL STORY

The Damned and the Beautiful

By Brigitte Grignet / Aysen, Patagonia, Chile — Aysén, Chile, a region of some 92.000 souls, sits in one of the most remote and undisturbed areas of the..
VISUAL STORY

New York-This is not America

By Brigitte Grignet / New York, New York, United States — I said: “New York is not America”. He laughed sarcastically. I hung up. No point. Great timing..
VISUAL STORY

Palestine

By Brigitte Grignet / Palestine, The Occupied Territories, Israel — The sound of the muezzin at four am. Some sheep grazing in the meager fields at the outskirts of the city...
VISUAL STORY

Here & Now

By Brigitte Grignet — Within me, I have childhood memories and frozen moments. From evenings spent looking at family albums, these..
VISUAL STORY

Troubled Life-Northern Ireland

By Brigitte Grignet / Northern Ireland, Europe — « Going to Derry is like traveling to an exotic country, » Anne says. Anne lives in Letterkenny, in the..
VISUAL STORY

Welcome 2016

By Brigitte Grignet / Belgium — WELCOME Since the dawn of time people have migrated. There are now more displaced people and refugees than..
VISUAL STORY

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..
Join us
for more access