The Utopy of Being: An Interpretation of Alessandra Sanguinetti's Sweet Expectations PDF
Written by Henrique Marques Samÿn   


© Alessandra Sanguinetti



Ernst Bloch, a German philosopher from the beggining of the 20th century, was who purified the concept of utopia of all its metaphysical meanings. For him, the utopia is a project of life; a disposition of someone that lives to construct, in the world, a specific future. That is to consider utopia as an ethos, a way of life oriented to an end. So, we can think on utopia as something that is being realized on each moment, as long as is possible to live according to that project.


I think that is possible to think about Alessandra Sanguinetti’s Sweet Expectations as an affirmation of utopia, if this concept is understood in this non-metaphysical sense. To tell that Sanguinetti’s photographs are images of children would be a simplification, almost a disfiguration; its main theme must be searched on the gazes, gestures and hopes that we can see in her images.


Why is it so important? Because today, the photography of children, by itself, has become something ordinary, even trivial – almost a copy of Carroll’s work.




© Alessandra Sanguinetti


That’s not, obviously, the case of Alessandra Sanguinetti’s photographs. I would rather say that she takes photographs of time, because this is the essential element of her images. In every photograph of Sanguinetti, what we can see is that she places children in a non-contemporary time – the time of the world-to-be. There’s an internal dissonance on each image, born in this simultaneity: the present time – when the photography was taken – is side-by-side with the future time – to where we’re sent by all the wishes contained in the look of the children we can see. But there’s more. The use of black and white and the old-fashion look of some photographs places a third dimension of time: the past. So, there’s a double dislocation for each moment – and, how in everyday’s life, there isn’t a possible equilibrium.


Now, the already mentioned concept of utopia can be more directly introduced, when we think that those three dimensions of time are internalized in a single life. That’s a fact: the children we can find in Alessandra Sanguinetti’s images are living according to their dreams, are lost in the contradictions of time – even if they don’t know this. Their sailing in the ocean of being has a secret purpose, and every moment in their existence is guided by unconscious wishes.


But this is not a choice; it’s a necessity. What can we say? Maybe Walt Whitman verses:

"Tenderly – be not impatient,

Strong is your hold O mortal flesh…

Maybe someday we’ll can be as strong as they."


Henrique Marques Samÿn: Philosopher and essayist. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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