Graciela Sacco b. 1956
Photographer, video and installation artist. Her work with heliography, the chemical action of light on emulsified photosensitive surfaces, has taken the technique to the forefront of contemporary art. The artist's strong socio-political photographic images serve as metaphors for some of the most acute problems of contemporary society such as famine, homelessness, authoritarianism, poor education, corrupt governments and officials, gun violence, crime, etc. Heliography is commonly, commercially, used in the development of architectural blue prints. Through her own investigations, Sacco created an anti-orthodox method of developing the heliographic image. Through her manipulated heliography technique, Sacco is able to transfer her original or appropriated photographic images onto a wide range of supports: from paper and canvas to rubber, leather, wood, glass, stone, cardboard, plastic and metal.
Sacco never allows the viewer to look at the entire image; rather, she is content on revealing only fragments of her photographs which at first glance are extremely attractive, almost seductive. One example shows what at first appears to be a hand holding a piece of cloth; it is only upon close inspection that we realise that this alluring image is really a disturbing depiction of a homeless child clutching a blanket to cover himself. Sacco is content with offering us only fragments of issues inherent with in our contemporary society because these fragments unveil concerns, meanings and realities which affect us directly on a much larger scale.
Sacco represented Argentina at the 1996 Sao Paulo Bienal and the 1997 Bienal of Havana. Her work has been included in major exhibitions around the world in countries including; Chile, Denmark, Guatemala and Paris. Sacco currently holds the position of Professor of 20th Century Latin American Art at the University of Rosario in Argentina.... read more