Here [Sacabo’s] imagery appears to bypass the concerns of place seen in her recent work based on French Quarter graffiti and the iconography of old Mexico, and take its cues directly from the near-seamless mix of dreams, art history and poetry that inform her vision.
A purveyor of this historical and photo-mechanical process, she made the transition from gelatin silver prints to photogravure during the takeover of digital, which resulted in the disappearance of her favorite papers. One cannot help but be pulled in by the subtle and elegant details brought out by the photogravure process, that of which Josephine is a master.
Josephine Sacabo has been very busy, but honestly, I don’t know of a time that she hasn’t been consistently creating spectacular work and books. Her approach is mysterious, full of romance and memory, each effort bringing something unique and otherworldly to her art making.
Artiste engagée Josephine Sacabo sait aussi se laisser aller vers des visions poétiques en rien amères. Le corps de la femme (et parfois des fleurs) devient la source d’une vision sophistiquée et délicieusement surannée là où l’éclairage en demi teinte crée une lumière enveloppante.
Sor Juana is another gem in the history of women artists. To think that she was a feminist advocating the rights of women to study and be treated as equals as a cloistered Catholic nun during the Inquisition in Mexico is almost inconceivable.
Read the article: Nancy McCrary, South x Southeast Photomagazine, September 2019
Susan Larson details the past, present, and future of Luna Press, the publishing company founded by Josephine Sacabo and Dalt Wonk.
This year marks the publication of Luna Press’s most recent books, Josephine Sacabo’s gorgeous “Beyond Thought,” inspired by the work of writer Clarice Lispector, and “Lux Perpetua,” inspired by the work of writer and mystic Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz.
“Someone asked me the other day, ‘Why do you take so many pictures of women?’ ” Sacabo said. “And I said, ’That’s what I know.’ I suppose if I knew more about sculpture I’d take pictures of statues.” Her passion for literature drives these latest works.
Read the article: Susan Larson, The New Orleans Advocate, January 7, 2019.
When Dalt Wonk and Josephine Sacabo moved back to America from France in 1973, they chose to settle in the city that would cause the least culture shock. That was New Orleans and, specifically, the French Quarter.
Read the article: R. Stephanie Bruno, The New Orleans Advocate, December 27, 2018.
Saturday, December 8, 4-7 pm
1036 Royal St., New Orleans, LA 70116
Please join us for a launch party and book signing celebrating Luna Press’s Fall 2018 releases, including Josephine’s new books, Beyond Thought, Lux Perpetua, and Structures of Reverie. Refreshments will be provided. We hope to see you there!
“Photographer Josephine Sacabo makes some of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen.”
Listen to the interview: Susan Larson, The Reading Life (WWNO), November 25, 2018.
Sacabo offers images from a new series, Tagged, in which she illustrates how it can feel when a woman walks down a street and sees little else but derogatory “tags,” texts spray-painted on fences, abandoned buildings, etc.
Read the article: Tim Anderson, Shadow and Light Magazine, Nov/Dec 2018
I have been inspired to create work that is filled with love, beauty, and light. Photography can make a difference. It can make people fall in love and want to know the people they are seeing in the images. If we meet hate with hate we will all be swallowed up. It is a sure way to destruction.
Read the interview: Rfotofolio, November 4, 2018.
As an artist who spent much of her life exploring the poetics of the feminine with the French Quarter as a backdrop, the messaging of the graffiti struck her as a personal affront. She decided to transform what she saw into something new: a body of work that involved the direct confrontation of her feminine poetics with the graffiti she found so disorienting.
Read the article: D. Eric Bookhardt, Gambit Weekly, October 22, 2018.
The Tagged series is Sacabo’s affirmation of female personal identity in the face of the depersonalizing graffiti she confronts on the daily walk from her home to her studio. Her characteristically romantic portraiture appears overlaid with, and negating, the rude words and drawings, some of them too obscene for reproduction in some social media or print outlets.
Read the article: Jerry Cullum, ArtsATL, October 8, 2018.
Artist Lecture “You Are Now” by Josephine Sacabo, Thurs, Oct 11, 7pm
Opening Reception Sat, Oct 13, 6–9pm
EBD4: 2382 Chamblee Tucker Rd., Chamblee, GA 30341
Both the Artist Lecture and Opening Reception events are presented in part by the generous support of the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library at Emory University.
For more information about TAGGED
This luxury limited edition book is entirely handcrafted from the binding to the letterpress and hand-pulled photogravure.
This is the story of a woman who invents her freedom by creating an imaginary architecture made of light, scraps of memory, hopes, and dreams – a permeable architecture where nothing is confined.
It is dedicated to Juana La Loca, the supposed “mad” queen of Spain in the 16th century who for political motives was imprisoned for 46 years by her father, husband, and son in an architecture of darkness and stone. – Josephine Sacabo
For more information about Structures of Reverie
Opening Reception with the Artist
Friday, May 11, 6 pm
Hammond Regional Arts Center
217 E. Thomas Street
Hammond, LA 70401
From the collection of the New Orleans Museum of Art.
For more information about Salutations