This Romantic photographic series by Josephine Sacabo was inspired by
Sor Juana de la Cruz…
…a 17th century nun who was one of the greatest poets from the American continent. She, like the famed Gertrude Stein, curried a collection of intellectuals into a salon from behind the cloistered cell. An early champion of women’s rights, while studying science and philosophy, all in the quest for spiritual liberties.
The Inquisition sadly terminated this exploration, but we are left with a rich legacy. The photographs by Josephine Sacabo, are testimony to this celebrated work and goals of women throughout the world. The current struggle of women in the repressive Taliban Muslim countries may gain inspiration and courage from Cruz’s plight and the vigilance of her lyrics.
The photographs illustrate her exploration of spiritual survival while under duress. They are strengthened by the coupling with the poetry in a type of visual collage. Sacabo has embraced the nexus between the poignant text and her images by engraving both onto the same printed plates.
“I believe in Art as the means of transcendence and connection. My images are simply what I’ve made from what I have been given. I hope they have done justice to their sources and that they will, for a moment, stay, “the shadows of contentment too short lived.”
~Josephine Sacabo~2011~New Orleans~
Josephine Sacabo is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose work has been seen in one-person exhibitions in Paris, London, Madrid, Toulouse, Buenos Aires, Mexico City; New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities. Her work has also been widely published in magazines in the United States and Europe.