NEW YORK, NEW YORK – 11-15-2017 (Press Release Jet) —
Beginning on December 1st, a photo exhibit will be hosted by photographer Carlos David at El Barrio’s Artspace Gallery PS109 in New York. “Personae – Portraits of Personal Fiction” will feature over 80 subjects as fictional characters.
“Personae is an open stage for transformation, expression, and experimentation. By having people wear costumes and creative makeup, I offer my subjects freedom of expression. Each session people became someone else in front of the camera. I believe it is inside fiction that social conventions fade. Personae offers a glimpse into our very own personal fiction. A tiny plastic red nose is enough to transform our whole behavior,” states Mr. David.
For one year, Carlos David and his team have worked to bring the project to life. Among his team members are art director Elliott Ortiz, makeup artists Engelina Wibowo and Olga Subach, hair stylists Jason Linkow and Francesca Maria and many more collaborators. His subjects were New York City residents, more than half of them from East Harlem. Together they have created an eclectic mix of characters. Superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, famous artists like Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and Marlene Dietrich, along with activists such as Albizu Campus, alter egos, unicorns, S&M, rock stars, boxers, animals, queens, kings, made-up characters and many more will become real in the Personae photo exhibit, offering a look into New York’s collective subconscious.
Opening night, Friday, December 1st, will be full of energy and excitement at the El Barrio Artspace PS109 building, which was also the location for the photoshoots. Personae will put over 12 months of dedication from nearly 100 participants on display for public viewing.
‘’Personae- Portraits of Personal Fiction’’ will be on display from December 1st through December 8th, 2017.
Artspace is a non-profit real estate developer whose mission is to create, foster and preserve affordable space for artists and arts organizations. It is based in Minnesota, but develops projects across the country. Artspace: “Building better communities through the arts.”. Artspace owns and operates 45 art spaces in cities from coast to coast.
El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 is an affordable housing project for artists, developed by Artspace in partnership with El Barrio’s Operation Fightback (EBOF). It is home to 89 artists and their families, as well as several non-profit arts organizations. It has a gallery and performance spaces, which creates bridges between artists and communities in New York City.
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