While the Europeans started Carnival — a series of celebrations usually done just before Lent — the people of the Caribbean Islands took it to the next level.
In a new photo exhibit at York College, photographers Mario Picayo of Cuba and Mariano Hernandez of the Dominican Republic take viewers on a colorful adventure to experience Carnival, as Tess McRae reports in this article for The Queens Chronicle.
“Caribbean Carnival Portraits” may not sound like a party, but the images showing painted faces and outrageous outfits are evidence enough.
“Rainbows of color enhance rainbows of skin tones moving through time and space in costumes ranging from opulent and expensive to modest and clever,” Margaret Venryes, director of the York College gallery and co-currator, said. “No matter that masks are made of cardboard, macaroni, burlap or bottle caps, the inventions of characters with stories old and new are energetically performed…
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