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2019 SPE Annual Conference: The Myths of Photography and the American Dream / Major support by The Joy Family Legacy Foundation

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Javier Carmona

SPE Member since 2001
Member Chapter: Midwest

Latin Romance


This project simulates an imagined intimacy between people, while attempting to live bi-culturally, balancing Latin emotion and American perception.

The images cast me as the male lead, acknowledging an autobiographic impulse to portray a character, while negotiating culturally differing expectations of gender.

Photographed in Mexico, Italy and the United States, the blurred distinction between these distances is echoed in the female casting choices, creating composites of place and love interest.

Resolving cues from the Mexican melodrama, actors summon heightened feelings, while countering an audience’s mediated perception of Latin relationships, invariably associated with Romance.

An investigation of gesture acts as a substitute for a spoken language, often not initially shared in migrant experiences.

The goal is to make straightforward pictures about what we don’t understand, while contextualizing the desire to make a scene in public.

The Raconteur

Scene from The Enamorates (Ximena's Vantage)

Tricolor Audition: Xenobia

Tricolor Audition: Xochitl

Scene from The Enamorates (Tricolor Residue)

Matehuala Sonmbulo

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