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The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams

Over a period of five years, Alessandra Sanguinetti documented the relationship and transition to adolescence of two cousins in Argentina

Alessandra Sanguinetti

Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams The Necklace. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1999. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams The Couple. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1999. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams Immaculate Conception. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 1999. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams The Madonna. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2001. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams Summer bath. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2000. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams Suicide. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2001. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams Revolver. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2001. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams Ophelias. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2001. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams Petals. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2002. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams The Models. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2000. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos
Alessandra Sanguinetti | The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and The Enigmatic Meaning of Their Dreams Five minute angst. Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2000. © Alessandra Sanguinetti | Magnum Photos

This is the story or, more accurately, part of the story, of two young cousins named Guille and Belinda. In 1999, when they were 10 and 9 years old and living in a rural province of Buenos Aires, their paths crossed with photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti. Drawn to the girls, whose evident affection for each other is somehow magnified by their mismatched physiques, Sanguinetti took pictures to “crystallize their rich yet fragile and unattended world”. As with her previous, much-acclaimed monograph On the Sixth Day [Nazraeli Press, 2006] this work is far more than straight documentary. To witness the evolving relationship between Guille and Belinda is to be privy to a touching, entertaining and utterly captivating interaction. At the same time there is the subtle awareness of a second relationship, that of this delightful pair and their photographer. The Adventures of Guille and Belinda and the Enigmatic Meaning of their Dreams follows the cousins for five years, from pre-teen to adolescent, as they play, dream and unwind their way through the secret enchantment that is childhood.