PERSONAE, portraits of personal fiction
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.



‘’Personae- Portraits of Personal Fiction’’ will be on display at

El Barrio’s Artspace PS109 Gallery

215 East 99th Street

New York, NY 10029

Dec  1st to Dec 9th

Mon-Fri 2-6 PM or by appointment

Sat-Sun by appointment