Conversation sacrée, 2005 © Alessandra Sanguinetti courtesy Magnum Gallery
Neuvième mois, 2007 © Alessandra Sanguinetti courtesy Magnum Gallery
L'illusion d'un été interminable, 2005 © Alessandra Sanguinetti courtesy Magnum Gallery
Crépuscule, 2009 © Alessandra Sanguinetti courtesy Magnum Gallery
Tétée, 2010 © Alessandra Sanguinetti courtesy Magnum Gallery
L'anniversaire de Guille, 2010 © Alessandra Sanguinetti courtesy Magnum Gallery
In the remote farmlands near Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alessandra Sanguinetti produced a series of photographs entitled On the Sixth Day that centered on the symbiotic relationship between the farmers, their animals, and the land. While working on this series she first met Guille and Belinda whose families lived and worked on these farms. The two cousins were ten and nine years old when Sanguinetti began to photograph them. Sanguinetti sought to portray the psychological and physical transformations of these girls as they matured into adults.
As opposed to a more traditional documentary narrative of these two girls growing up in this rural environment, Sanguinetti instead focused on the desires and dreams of their active imaginations. Sanguinetti writes, "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."
Today, Alessandra Sanguinetti continues to explore with photography the life of the two girls who became women then mothers and the approach of their environement, intimacy and everyday life. The exhibition at the Magnum Gallery will present her most recent photographs and an unseen series in black and white Sweet Expectations, sensitive portraits of children, that were already revealing Alessandra Sanguinetti’s photographic approach.
Alessandra Sanguinetti was born in 1968 in New York and brought upto Argentina from.1970 to 2003 and currently based in San Francisco.
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