How do you get to know someone? This is the question Cornand’s film Grabigouji poses. The film is a series of taped phone conversations between Brigitte Cornand and Louise Bourgeois. The filmmaker adds a series of still photographs and occasionally video clips. The audience was advised in the introductory remarks about Grabigouji, that Cornand’s films unfold slowly. I might say painfully.
In one badinage, Bourgeois talks about the 5W’s – who, what, when, where and why She explains that the 5W’s are essential to unify any text. Cornand must have forgotten this strategy for getting at the nature of things, mainly in this work. Her film, although experimental in form, lacked conventional content.
We get to know Bourgeois through her repetitive grilling of Cornand over the phone. “Have you picked up the signs from the Bazar de Hotel de Ville? The entire conversation is punctuated with this question, asked and answered many times and in many different ways. Bourgeois’ persistence was humorous, but also an indication of her badging nature.
Every now and then, interspersed among the most mundane conversation in the world, some gem would drop from Bourgeois’s lips. She lists collectors of gifts, trips, lists, happy moments, drawings, etc. etc. etc. and then…………………………….. “collecting is a defense against the fear of disintegration.” This is when it dawned on me, what the introducer was trying to tell us, wait for it….you will be rewarded.
GRABIGOUJI: Life of Disappearance
A Portrait of Louise Bourgeois
BRIGITTE CORNAND: Friday, March 8, 2013, FIAF
TO SEE MORE FILMS
BY BRIGITTE CORNAND:
My Beautiful Women
Saturday, March 22
In Annette Messager’s Nets
The Sweet River and Saint Louise and the Hawk
Saturday, April 13
Joan Jonas: Portrait of the Artist with Dog
Q and A with Brigitte Cornand,
Joan Jonas, Carolee Scheeman, Gween Thomas & Martha Rosler
Saturday April 20
Homage to Louise Bourgeois
The Sweet River
Book Signing of Grabigouji , to my friend Louise Bourgeois
The Whisper of Whistling Water
Grabigouji: Life of Disappearance