NYU Black Renaissance Noire NYU Black Renaissance Noire Vol 17.2: Fall 2017 - Page 28

n Standing 01 n Standing 02 n Standing 03 Carnival Portraits During these many years of photographic work on carnivals, I have been able to refine such series as « Portraits », shot while on foot or in motion. They are snapshots of the “Mas,” as illustrations of a break in the every day life of Guadeloupeans in which carnival represents for the “group a po” [a type of Guadeloupean carnival band] a cathartic moment and a metaphorical mockery of the society and of local and post-colonial politics. A carnival parade is not just a set of groups in motion, but it is also a colossal consumption of energy that one truly understands only when removed from the parades and shows and outside of the public eye. It is a crossroads at the intersection of cultures of different races, a mirror of the multi-ethnic Guadeloupean society, where the representations of European villages meet the magico-religious practices of the descendants of former slaves. n n Faces 01 Faces 02 Faces 03 n