It is hard to name what is so special on Alessandra Sanguinetti’s work. In her photography there is a contradiction of cruel and tenderness. Alessandra Sanguinetti succeeds to unify these extremes, but the final reconciliation is always refused.
In result there is a strange enchantment within Sanguinetti’s visual world that provokes a strong emotional response in the viewer.
Her early series “Sweet expectations” examines children’s reflection on adult life in intense black and white images.
“In this portrait series I am attempting to capture the moments and attitudes that reflect the advent of behaviour and gestures of children that, to the adult, might seem borrowed, but that the children experience as their own. I focus on that border just before puberty, when the child glimpses the contradictions of the adult world.” Alessandra Sanguinetti
On her father’s farm in Argentina, where she summered as a child, Alessandra Sanguinetti produced a colour series entitled “On the Sixth Day”. The series is about relationship of humans with nature.
“As I became more involved, I became less judgmental, and more open to the subtleties and complexities of our relationship with animals and how they reflect on us.” A. S.
While working on “On the Sixth Day” she first met Guille and Belinda whose families lived and worked in this rural area. The cousins were ten and nine years old when Sanguinetti started to photograph them. Alessandra Sanguinetti documented the transformations of these girls as they matured into adults. The achievement was the series “The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams”.
“I have attempted to interpret the ending of their childhood by entering their imaginary spaces. The time when their dreams, fantasies, and fears would fuse seamlessly with real day-to-day life are ending and the photographs I have made intend to crystallize this rapidly disappearing very personal and free space.” A. S.
Don’t miss Alessandra Sanguinetti’s pictures taken in Palestine at ArteEast.
Here are some articles about her work: “Sweet expectations” at ZoneZero, “On the Sixth Day” at PopPhoto and “The Adventures of Guille and Belinda” at Light Work.
Alessandra Sanguinetti currently lives in New York. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Hasselblad Foundation grant. Her photographs are in major public and private collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her book “On the Sixth Day” was published by Nazraeli Press in 2006.