In the late 1990s, Magnum photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti was photographing on a farm in rural Argentina, near her parents’ home, working on her project On the Sixth Day, which explores the human relationship to animals. Playing nearby, there were two kids – the grandchildren of the owner of the farm – but Sanguinetti would often ask them to move out of the frame. It was only when they were a couple of years older that she started to notice them, and instead of shooing them away, she asked them to stay.
Guille and Belinda are cousins. When Sanguinetti first met them, they were ten and nine years old respectively, and she recalls how it was their conversations that first drew her in: Belinda’s ‘high pitched sing song voice’ and Guille’s ‘thoughtful mumbling’. Captivated by their play, she started proposing ideas for playacting, allowing the girls to take her ideas and adapt them, making them their own. In this way, Sanguinetti steered the project visually but the girls became her collaborators.