Unmasking the Spirit
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On streets overflowing with masks, beads, painted faces and exposed bodies, Marta searches for that instant when the mask slips and the soul is revealed. Her empathetic eye captures private moments in the middle of a raucous celebration.
In her hands, infrared film reflects the shimmering light of carnival, and sees into the shadows of the night. Her use of grainy color film renders scenes of magical realism and fantasy. In the darkroom, the alchemical process reveals even more secrets.
The images are haunting, unsettling and revelatory. Her gift allows us to see the universal in our private dreams.
Marta has the instincts of a photo-journalist and the soul of a poet. A total non-conformist, she's a daring artist with strong socio-political opinions. Her photos have shown in galleries, magazines, and museums throughout the world. Born in Bogotá Colombia, raised in New York and New Orleans, Marta now lives in Los Angeles. The House on Rue Burgundy is Marta's second photography book. Her first release, Carnival Dreams: Unmasking the Spirit is an exploration of transcendence and isolation in the midst of public celebration.