ArteEast is excited to present the premiere of new work by renowned photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti. Sanguinetti’s color photographs of places and people in Palestine are unique and compelling because they highlight liminality – of childhood, of old age, of living between what is staged and what is spontaneous, of living locked in an uprooted existence. In an original essay accompanying this exhibition, Lori Allen suggests that Sanguinetti captures a “tragic magical realism” in Palestine and does not replace the liminal uncertainty there with “message, hope, symbolism or sentiment.” Unlike journalistic photography, these creative works deal with individuals as subjects, not as objects in a grand political narrative. Sanguinetti, who divides her time between New York and Buenos Aires, gives us fresh perspectives on life in one part of the Middle East that is too often portrayed in set ways. These images refuse to portray, and therefore they break apart the image of Palestine, of the Middle East.
Born in New York in 1968, Alessandra Sanguinetti currently lives and works in New York. She is a recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation fellowship and a Hasselblad Foundation grant. Her photographs are in major public and private collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her monograph, On the Sixth Day, was published by Nazraeli Press in January 2006.