La Grotte was an artist collective born in Brussels 2012. Founded by Bertrand Cavalier, Lucie Dufour, Sara Gonzalez, Massao Mascaro, Gilles Ribero and later joined by Maud Faivre, the collective’s aim was to produce group projects within the framework of photography.
We stopped our group activity in 2018 after intenses years of research, in situ production and book publication. We are thankful to the people and the institutions which supported our work and gave us the opportunity to be visible.

The following webpage is dedicated to our main project, Speaking in Tongues and is an archive of all those fruitful years spent together.

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Speaking in Tongues @BIP
In Situ installation, Biennial of the Possible Image, Liège, August 2016

Speaking in Tongues @Le Botanique
In Situ installation, Le Botanique gallery, Brussels, December 2015

Dehors, La Grotte! @Dehors
In Situ installation, Dehors, Contemporary Art Window, April - May 2015
Link to the project's video here

Speaking in Tongues @FOMU
Residency at the Photography Museum Antwerp, during Braakland, March 2017
Read the interview about the residency with Stefan Vanthuyne here


Speaking in Tongues resulted in a book-project with the graphic designer Björn Schmidt. The displayed project shows the results of an open workshop on the »making of a photobook« that took place for one week in March 2017 at the FOMU, the Fotomuseum Provincie Antwerpen. During the workshop the conceptual idea for a book object was developed between artists and designer that can be understood as a performative art piece.
Resulting in 48 individual books displaying the same photographs in the same order but with a different starting point, the reader has the chance to experience a flow of visuals where the composition of images vary from book to book, resulting in a unique and ever changing reading experience. Like a calendar repeats itself after 12 months, the project can also be understood as a closed circuit, where the first book is the direct successor of the 48th book.