Photographs: Josephine Sacabo –– Text: John Stevenson, 2011
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De este cuerpo eres el alma, y eres cuerpo de esta sombra. (You are the soul of this body and the body of this shade.) —Sor Juana Inés De La Cruz
Óyeme Con Los Ojos was inspired by the life and work of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, the 17th century Mexican nun who was one of the greatest poets and intellectuals of the American continent. She created the most renowned salon of all time from behind the bars of her cloistered cell. In that cell she studied science and philosophy, wrote poems, plays and music and championed women’s right to intellectual and spiritual freedom. In the end, after resisting valiantly for over twenty years, she was silenced by the Inquisition. For the artist, it was a very moving personal experience to discover her poetry. A lot of my work seems to be about spiritual survival under duress and once I intuited that aspect of her life and work I identified with that effort and an enormous bond developed. A correspondence.
Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1944, Josephine Sacabo was educated at Bard College in New York. Prior to coming to New Orleans, Sacabo lived and worked extensively in France and England. Today, Sacabo divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. Both places inform her work, resulting in imagery that is as dreamlike, surreal, and romantic as the places that she calls home.