MACK Books, 2023. Embossed buckram hardcover with tipped-in image, 96 pp., color illustrated, 300 x 320 mm. Photographs by Alessandra Sanguinetti.
First published in 2005 and now out of print, this new and expanded edition of On the Sixth Day includes additional unseen images.
Alessandra Sanguinetti’s On the Sixth Day offers us a glimpse of life on a small Argentine farm from the perspective of its animals. Often photographed close to the earth, the images render the courage, struggles, and adventures of chickens, pigs, horses, and cows. We see them newly born, at play, vying with each other for food, their fate always uncertain as human presences inevitably loom above. With their rich, almost surreal colour, these photographs evoke traditional fables or classic children’s books in which animals enact human behaviours to teach moral lessons. Yet Sanguinetti portrays these animals as individuals in their own right, each with their own mysterious spirit, relating their lives from birth to death with an unsentimental and direct gaze.