Alessandra Sanguinetti is working under the benevolent eye of Susan Bright as part of a programme of cross-Atlantic residencies that were formed in 2015 from the alliance between the Aperture Foundation and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. She has produced a visual journey, woven together by encounters and guided by intuition.
The American photographer’s journey started in Calais. These first steps would go on to inspire the title of her exhibition: positioned atop a hill, the policeman appropriates the countryside, a figure of security for some, a figure of fear for others. The contradiction is indicative of a malaise that intrudes and infiltrates the artist’s wanderings, by bus, by train and by car, through countryside and villages, to Marseille. And finally, to Paris. “As I moved along the countryside, towns and the cities, the feeling was a bit like that of being in a moving theatre, with glimpses into the mystery that is everyone we briefly meet or pass by. Small revelations, slight unveilings followed by the curtain coming down as the next act begins.” The American artist delivers a personal depiction of France today. Through her framing and use of light, the familiar metamorphosises and becomes infused with poetry. “Through her work, a transformation takes place: she assembles a series of fragments and details from a host of different lives, showing us that what can be historic, signiﬁcant, and revelatory is not the stuff of headlines, but that of the quotidian.” (Susan Bright)
The Aperture Foundation in New York has dedicated a solo exhibition and a book to the photographer’s work. The exhibition features a collection of photographs that take the viewer on her journey from Calais to Marseille, stopping off in Nice and Boulogne-sur-Mer. The book, published by Aperture and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, features an essay by Susan Bright.