Biography

Raphaël Grisey, born in Paris in 1979, lives and works in Berlin and Trondheim. Grisey uses video, editorial and photographic works to gather or produce narratives about the politics of memory, migration and architecture.

The book Where is Rosa L. (2001-2006) and the film National Motives (2011) study the ghosts of various political regimes in the public spaces of Berlin and Budapest. Through diverse documentary, fictional or essayist forms, Grisey’s films and installations deal with contemporary social and political issues such as migration and postcolonialism in France (Trappes, Ville Nouvelle, 2003; Cooperative, 2008 and Sowing Somankidi Coura, a Generative Archive 2015– in collaboration with Bouba Touré). He collaborated with Florence Lazar on the films Prvi Deo and Red Star (2006), which deal with post-war former Yugoslavia. Recent film projects were made in France amid students’ strikes (The Indians, 2011), in China amid Míngōng peasant-workers (The Exchange of Perspectives, 2011), in the social housing complex of Pedregulho in Brazil (Minhocão, 2011), in the Brazilian Positivist Church in Rio de Janeiro (Amor e Progresso, 2014) and around marooned quilombola communities in Minas Gerais (Remanescentes; A Mina dos Vagalumes, 2015).

His work has been shown in various film festivals such as FID Marseille (FR), Hotdocs Vancouver (CA), Doc Lisboa (PR), Forum Doc (BR), Berlinale Forum Expanded (DE). As well as in art centers including: Kunsthalle Budapest (HU), Centre Pompidou, Art Center Les Églises Chelles, Passerelle, Espace Khiasma, CPIF (FR), Casa Encendida (SP), MAM Sao Paulo, MIS (BR), MCA Chicago (US), Savvy Contemporary, NGBK, Halle Für Kunst Lüneburg, Archive Kabinett, Heidelberger Kunstverein, Neuer Aachener Kunstverein (G), 10th Contour Biennale (BE), 2nd Yinchuan Biennale (CN), Jeu de Paume (FR). Fellow of the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (2015–2019). In 2019, his ongoing artistic research Sowing Somankidi Coura, a Generative Archive, was exhibited at the Kunsthall Trondheim (NO), Savvy Contemporary (DE), Den Fries Copenhagen (DK) and Contour Biennale Mechelen (BE) and presented at Levart Levanger (NO), Un Lieu pour Respirer (FR), Villa Romana (IT), Centre Pompidou (FR) and Silent Green (DE).

Contact : rgrisey at gmail dot com