Laura Sackett currently lives and works in Barcelona. She received a BA in Graphic Design from the Academy of Art University in 1987, and worked was a designer and art director for over a decade. Always passionate about photography, she earned an MFA from the California College of the Arts in 2009. Her work has been exhibited in spaces such as The Center for Photography in Carmel, Pacific Center Northwest in Seattle, Kodak Offices + Gallery in Emeryville, the Houston Center for Photography, and The Oakland Pro Arts Gallery. In 2002, she helped create PhotoAlliance, a Bay Area non-profit organization dedicated to contemporary photography.Site built by Jackson Mohsenin
In the fall of 2009, I moved to Barcelona with my family, and immersed myself into a new culture and a new language. Speechless is my response to learning a new language, and to the distancing of representation, both verbally and visually, that occured. My inability to access the language left me at times, literally, speechless. And the more I heard the strange mix of spanish and catalan on the streets, the more my daily life seemed untranslatable. Language, instead of being precise, became nebulous and oblique. And my camera, instead of being a recorder of reality or clarity, become a tool to confront the confines of expression and comprehension.