Alessandra Sanguinetti (born 1968) was raised and educated in Argentina. In 1999, she met two inimitable children, Guillermina Aranciaga and Belinda Stutz. The two young women, whose lives she then followed, became icons in her life and work. Against the backdrop of rural Argentina, in an overwhelmingly male world of gauchos and farmers, the artist’s documentary work spans different stages of life, reflecting on the irreversibility of time.
With the help of the two cousins (Aranciaga and Stutz), using scenography and accessories, Sanguinetti puts her photographs and her models into dialogue in a resolutely phantasmagorical series. As Morpheus holds a mirror in one hand while offering the power of dreams in the other, the artist paradoxically transports us to the realm of illusion and portrays a world proper to the two individuals, at first no more than “points on the horizon”.
In dreamlike, psychoanalytical images, Sanguinetti subtly addresses the continual question of an artist’s relationship to her subject. Within and beyond the series, the three women, Guillermina, Belinda and Alessandra, ultimately form another type of family.
The Adventures of Guille and Belinda is always worthy of an update. Shown at Les Rencontres d’Arles in 2006, at the BAL in Paris, 2011, it will be shown from January 30 to May 19 at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in an extended, updated series of 52 photographs and 3 films. The project is rich in its past and current forms, as it will be in forms to come.