WORK(IN)SPACE 2020: "Sweet River; True Peace" by Kelli Perletti [Postponed] | SACI College of Art & Design Florence

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WORK(IN)SPACE 2020: "Sweet River; True Peace" by Kelli Perletti [Postponed]

Kelli Perletti
Hermanita, 2019
Digital photograph transferred to tape

WORK(IN)SPACE: "Sweet River; True Peace," an exhibition of new works by SACI MFA in Photography candidate Kelli Perletti, opens Thursday, March 26th in SACI's Maidoff Gallery.

SACI's Maidoff Gallery  
Postponed until a later date

WORK(IN)SPACE 2020: "Sweet River; True Peace"

Sweet River; True Peace is a collection of visual stories highlighting indigenous communities in rural Guatemala. Following the Maya Q’eqchi’ of Alta Verapaz and Rio Dulce, the body of work brings into view a group of people that, despite facing a history of conquest, religious-based oppression, genocide and impoverishment, maintain their strong cultural identity. In a rapidly changing world that persuades all people to assimilate, Sweet River; True Peace emphasizes the importance of maintaining autonomy and cultural identity. 

Photographing almost entirely analogically, the negatives of the series have been developed onsite using a homemade coffee and vitamin-C (Caffenol-C) based developer. The development process took place in unstable environments, with rapid drops in temperature and water scarcity being common factors. Further, the time to dry can last up to three days because of the intense humidity. The flaws resulting from these environmental issues are embraced as parts of the overall compositions themselves.

The decision to develop onsite and embrace the supposed flaws has allowed for the film to not only be exposed to the light captured in the photographs; but the air, water, and physical touch of the people. These additional traces of interactions with the local environment and people lend the imagery a strong physicality and closeness to the world of which these images belong to.

Throughout the photographic process, great care has been placed in acquiring photographic permissions from those who are represented and/or their guardians. The work is ongoing and collaborative, encouraging participants to assist in the development as well as interact with the film as it dries in their homes. 

Kelli M. Perletti is a processed-based photographer, working primarily with alternative and unconventional photographic methods. Her work relies on a fusion of approaches, using analogue and digital images, in order to create a well-rounded body of work. In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, Kelli lived, volunteered and worked in Central America. She continues to stay involved with indigenous communities in Guatemala as the Vice President and Secretary of Next Step Equal Education, a Non-Profit Organization addressing the unique education needs of indigenous Guatemalan children. 


WORK(IN)SPACE is a series of exhibition projects by SACI 2nd-Year MFA candidates, as part of the Professional Practicum Seminar. Students work directly in SACI's Maidoff Gallery to critically engage with the challenges offered by preparing an exhibition. Each week, a new opening presents a coherent body of work of the artists. Working one-on-one with SACI Instructors Daria Filardo and Pietro Gaglianò, students step outside of their studio environment to rethink their work in an exhibition setting, learning to consider all the aspects, limitations, and needs of the given space to achieve the best final result. The exhibition by Kelli Perletti is curated by Alessandra Capodacqua.

WORK(IN)SPACE is held in SACI’s Maidoff Gallery and includes all phases of the exhibition, from the planning to the installation and opening of the show. 

SACI's Maidoff Gallery Via Sant'Egidio 14 Gallery Hours: M-F 9 - 7pm / S-S 1 - 7pm

View the complete WORK(IN)SPACE exhibition calendar


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