Raised in a conventional Parisian family, Marylise Vigneau developed an early taste for peeping through keyholes and climbing walls. Her “Compared Literature” thesis, at la Sorbonne, was about cities as characters in Russian and Central-European novels; where and when the clearest narrative gets lost in a heady, haunting uncertainty.
Despite her fascination with literature, over time her mode of expression has become photography, without her knowing precisely why - may be the mix of precision, immediacy, truth and lies which is behind every image. What attracts her first and foremost is how human beings are affected by borders both physical and mental, this fugitive space where an unexpected, bold and fragile act or glimpse of freedom can arise.
She is represented by the Anzenberger Agency in Vienna
Shotlisted at the Felix Schoeller Awards 2019
“Innocent Prowls through Pakistan”
Nominated for the Pictet Prize 2019
Winner of the inaugural Wolf Suschitzky Photography Prize 2018.
"About Time or the impossibility of an Island"
Winner of “New Visions”, Cortona on the Move 2018
Winner of the “Fotopreises Museums(ER)leben” 2018
Short Listed for Direct Look Photo Contest organized by FOTODOC Center for Documentary Photography at the Sakharov center.
“The Last of the Companeros”
Finalist for prix “ImageSingulières, Médiapart 2018”
Trouble in Paradise, Havana, Cuba, June 2016
Desperately seeking for water in Havana. The paradise is exhausted and exhausting.
On the rooftop of former Hotel Astor, a man is checking the drains while on another floor another man is listening to the pipes. This photograph is silent but on my right a woman is screaming out of desperation.