Josephine Sacabo: Juana and the Structures of Reverie
November 12, 2015 – January 1, 2016
Opening: Thursday, November 12, 6-8pm
PhotoNOLA Reception: Saturday, Dec 12, 3-5pm
Gallery Talk: Saturday, Dec 12, 3:30pm
A Gallery premieres Juana and the Structures of Reverie, a new series by Josephine Sacabo, rendered in wet plate collodion.
This is the story of a woman who invents her freedom by creating an imaginary architecture made of light, scraps of memory, hopes and dreams – a permeable architecture where nothing is confined.
It is dedicated to Juana La Loca, the supposed ‘mad’ queen of Spain in the 16th century who for political motives was imprisoned for 46 years by her father husband and son in an architecture of darkness and stone in which she died broken and alone.
Josephine Sacabo is an internationally renowned artist, who divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. Both places inform her work, resulting in imagery that is as dreamlike, surreal, and romantic as the places that she calls home.
Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1944, Sacabo was educated at Bard College in New York. Prior to coming to New Orleans, she lived and worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition and influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She now works in a very subjective, introspective style, using poetry as the genesis for her work. Her many portfolios are visual manifestations of the written word, and she lists poets as her most important influences, including Rilke, Baudelaire and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Her images transfer the viewer into a world of constructed beauty.
During her 36-year career her work has been featured in over 40 gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and la Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, France.