New York

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Yossi Milo Gallery

Photographs of children tend to evoke a knee-jerk wistfulness. As evidence of a moment that has always already passed, a photograph is perfectly suited to capture the fleeting presence of a child, in the process transforming the unsuspecting subject into a bittersweet symbol of soon-to-be-lost innocence. Thankfully, however, the visitor to Alessandra Sanguinetti’s recent US solo debut will find this phenomenon overshadowed by more nuanced considerations.

Selections from Sanguinetti’s five-year project of documenting the adventures of two young Argentinian cousins, these photographs attest to the girls’ sisterly adoration, an obviously fulfilling friendship that is also visually arresting, since the girls’ physiques happen to be vastly mismatched: Guille is as roly-poly as Belinda is bony. In these scenes of their everyday life in the rough Argentinian countryside and the various fantasies

to keep reading

Artforum print subscribers have full access to this article. Please sign in below.

Not registered for Register here.

SUBSCRIBE NOW and save up to 65% off the newsstand price for full online access to this issue and our archive.

Order the PRINT EDITION of the December 2004 issue for $17 or the ONLINE EDITION for $5.99.

* This rate applies to U.S. domestic subscriptions.