In my project I have worked together with the Danish-Italian author, Maria Giacobbe, who immigrated to Denmark
from Sardinia way back in 1958.

Maria Giacobbe grew up in a small village in the mountains of Sardinia during the fascist era. Maria’s father fought the fascist ideology
under the umbrella of the International Brigade and their family was the only family in the village
which refused to join the membership of the fascist party. The trust and longing for an existence devoid of ideological chains led to an
immediate exclusion of the local society. Surveillance, fear and persecution were carried out within
the spine of the migrants and existed ever since the adolescence of Maria Giacobbe.

I had the great privilege to gain insight into the author’s incredible life story and perilous history,
but I also had the privilege from the Project’s agenda to create a project about that exact part of the European migration history
that Maria was so faithfully a part of.

Since the beginning of the project I found it unique that we, as a younger generation, had the opportunity to portray and immerse ourselves with
the wounds and fractures of the history of an older generation.

A generation that had not grown up in a united and peaceful Europe. Although we are living in a Europe free of world wars,
immigration still forms a part of the everyday life of many people within the European continent, who due to humanitarian reasons, are on the run,
living in fear and with lack of compassion and mutual respect. I therefore found it valuable in this Project to collaborate with Maria Giacobbe
to create a contemporary space and a subjective view of immigration as a state of mind.

Mary’s words drew me to her native island of Sardinia where I worked on the project. I left towards this European province with her words and story,
but this attitude also allowed me to free myself and to get as far as possible during the process.


En mi proyecto he trabajado con la escritora italiana-danesa Maria Giacobbe, quien dejó Cerdeña en 1958 instalandose en Dinamarca.

María Giacobbe creció en un pequeño pueblo de las montañas de Cerdeña durante la epoca fascista. Su padre luchó entre
las filas de las Brigadas Internacionales. La creencia de una existencia sin ataduras ideológicas le llevaron a una inmediata exclusión social.
La supervivencia, el miedo y la persecución formaron parte de la adolescencia de Maria.

Tuve el privilegio de entrar en la increible vida de esta escritora, en su arriesgada historia, pero también tuve el privilegio de crear
un proyecto sobre esta parte concreta de la historia de la migraciones europeas, de la que ella fue protagonista.

Desde un principio me pareció único que una generación joven como la nuestra, tuviera la oportunidad de sumergirse
y retratar entre otros aspectos, las heridas y fracturas de una generacion que no fue criada en una Europa pacifica y unida.

Y aunque hoy vivimos en una Europa libre de guerras, la inmigración sigue formando parte
de la vida diaria de muchas personas instaladas en el miedo y la falta de compasión. Por ello, valoro enormemente
haber podido colaborar con María para crear un espacio contemporaneo y una visión subjetiva de la inmigración como estado mental.

Las palabras de María me llevaron a su isla natal, Cerdeña, donde trabajé para este proyecto.
Me dejé llevar con sus palabras y su historia hacia ese lugar de Europa. Pero esta actitud también me permitió
liberarme de mi mismo y poder llegar lo más lejos posible en este proceso de trabajo.



Born 1985 in Copenhagen. Studies at FAMU, Prague, and École nationale supérieure de la photographie, Arles.
Formerly assistent to Danish artist Tal R. Awarded the PML 1 Prix de Ètudiant 2010, Luxembourg Photomeetings 2010.
Has participated in numerous group shows in Europe and Asia including, among others: Fotografisk Center, Copenhagen, Controluce,
Instituto Culturale Ceco, Milano 2012, Fatal fade of the moment, Lazansky Palace, Praha 2012, Young emerging artists,
Chung-Ang Art Center, Seoul 2011. Also participated in workshops around Europe, most recently at Atelier de Visu, Marseille,
supervised by Antoine d’Agata.
Inspired by the raw aesthetics of classical documentarism and its ethos of personal presence, Albert Elias Grøndahl also applies
strategies from other traditions, including etnographic interests and performative expresions, in his search for intensified human encounters.
His work tends to dissolve the distance between the eye engaging in interpretation and the objects of his poetic and obscure investigations of emotional truth.