Alessandra Sanguinetti, The Necklace, 1999, from The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams series, 1998-2000
In the rural farmlands outside Buenos Aires, Alessandra Sanguinetti produced a series of photographs entitled The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams. Cultivating an intimate relationship over a five-year period with cousins Guille and Belinda, Sanguinetti collaborated with the young girls to construct images fueled by the dreams, fantasies, and fears that accompany the psychological and physical transition from childhood to adulthood.
The Necklace is an exemplary work from this series in which the young girls act out a fantastical tableau. Limited only by their imaginations, the cousins fashioned their own costumes and props using jewelry and everyday objects from their domestic environment. Sanguinetti has helped guide the girls in translating their ideas into images by directing the improvisations in which the girls become the stars of their own reality.
Sanguinetti, who was born in New York in 1968, was raised in Buenos Aires and returned to the United States in 2003 to attend the School of the International Center of Photography. She is now a member of Magnum photo agency. The Necklace is included in the ICP summer exhibition A Short History of Photography from the ICP Collection, Honoring Willis E. Hartshorn, Ehrenkranz Director.