Genovevo de la O. From series Personae II
Carlos David

Photographer / Creator

Carlos David explores the intricate relationship between
the way we see ourselves in both idealized and fantastical
manifestations and the objective reality captured by the
camera and the observer.
His work focuses on creating a diverse community drawn
together by the collective action of revealing their
fantasies and dreams.
David’s process invites participants to transform into their
alter ego or a character of their choice, enabling freedom
of expression and experimentation. And yet in the act of
doing so, the subjects can explore and reveal more
profound and hidden parts of themselves.
Personae II is an exploration of how the human spirit, as
expressed through dreams, fantasy, and imagination, can
endure and transcend to provide perspective on the lived
experiences. For this installment, David collaborated with
a diverse group connected through the overarching theme
of conflict and trauma. Working with stigmatized and
marginalized groups, David aims to open a new path for
dialog between the spectator and the subject, an
opportunity for the participants to express and explore,
as well as bring attention to critical social issues through
the generation of fictionalized content.
Personae II is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC.
Personae II is made possible in part with funding from the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation and administered by LMCC.
Moving portraits
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