“The Adventures of Guille & Belinda & the Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams”
In 1999, Alessandra Sanguinetti began working on a series of photographs which register the saga of two young cousins named Guille and Belinda, then nine and ten years old. Cultivating an intimate relationship with the pair over the subsequent five years, Sanguinetti collaborates with the girls to construct images fueled by the dreams, fantasies, and fears that accompany the psychological and physical transition from childhood to adulthood.
Sanguinetti’s photographs include both staged theatrical constructions and spontaneous recreations of childhood fantasies. With the Argentinean countryside as their backdrop, Guille and Belinda use costumes, props, and their imaginations to produce visual tableaux imbued with references to art and literature that explore the diffuse boundary between fantasy and reality.
Alessandra Sanguinetti was born in New York City in 1968 and currently lives and works in both Buenos Aires and New York City. Her work is shown and represented by the Yossi Milo Gallery in NYC and has been exhibited internationally, including a solo show at the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires, and group shows in NYC at the Chelsea Art Museum, Yancey Richardson Gallery, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, and abroad in Brazil, the Netherlands, and Argentina. Alessandra’s work is included in the collections at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and the Museum of Modern Art in Buenos Aires. She has been awarded numerous grants including a 2000 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a 2001 Hasselblad Foundation Grant, and was an artist in residence at Lightwork. Reviews of Alessandra’s photographs have appeared in Artforum, the New Yorker, the Village Voice, Photo District News, Art on Paper, and Art in America.