Brigitte Grignet April 28, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Chile.
Isla Meulin, Chiloé 2007
Brigitte Grignet (b. 1968, Belgium) moved to New York in 1996, where she turned to photography in 1998 and studied at the International Center of Photography. Her pictures have been published in Newsweek, Double Take, Visionaire, Libération, Le Nouvel Observateur, Days Japan and other publications. She received the Marty Forscher Grant for Emerging Photographer in 2001, and the Circuit Vlaanderen from the Charleroi Museum of Photography (Belgium) in 2003. She was an artist-in-residence in Niort and Marseille (France). Her images have been exhibited in Europe, USA, the Middle East and Japan and are included in the collections of the Kyosato Museum of Photography and The Museum of Photography in Charleroi. She currently teaches at ICP and is a visiting artist at Parsons School of Design (New York). Her work is distributed by L’Agence Vu (Paris).
About the Photograph:
“This beautiful day is still very vivid in my memory. We left the house in early morning to walk to the other side of the island of Meulin,and visit Aunt Carmen, who lives there alone with her dogs. It was hot and sunny, after days of continuous rain, as often happens in Chiloé, even in the middle of the summer. When the light was low and beautiful we brought the radio and danced in the fields. Carmen was crying from happiness and Ercilla was falling asleep from too much Chicha. Candelaria was happy to spend the summer with her mother, who was working on a different island. Women often have to leave their children with the grandparents when they find a job outside. It felt it was one of those rare moments when we don’t wish for anything else but are just there in the present.”