Rostros del Carnaval - Carnival Faces is a personal portrait project of the dancers and artists of the Choreographic Collectives of the Blacks and Whites’ Carnival 2019 (Carnaval de Negros y Blancos) at Pasto, a city in south Colombia. Every year, for several months, multiple groups are conformed to study music, dance and create the choreographic representation to participate in the auditions contest and win a place that allows them to parade on January 3 at Carnival, where groups dance and play music in the streets of Pasto. This project portraits a close-up of the characters that participated.
The decision to create the portraits outside the context of the parade was taken in order to show the character that each participant built during the year of preparation and to highlight the aesthetic beauty of his character, without any external factor that prevented us from contemplating them.
Taking into account the ephemeral nature of the event, I made the photo session in the moment prior to the parade, during the last moments of preparation of the dancers. For this I installed a mobile studio near the exit of the parade, and for an hour and a half I had a meeting with 22 dancers from 5 of the 11 participating collectives. In this space, these people who in the everyday are ordinary people, from different social backgrounds and with different activities, under a theatrical light gave life to the magical characters they created.
Photo and post by @camilopinillahernandez Model: Miguel Santiago Dorado Trujillo
Fundación Cultural Amáru
January 3, 2019
Thanks to Paula Valencia @pauvot, Claudia Afanador @cafanad, Catalina Zuñiga, Heimar Cortés for helping me in the process to make this possible!