VALENTINO 


Photography, digital
2018

 

Born out of an appreciation of cinema and fashion history, this series (named after actor Rudolph Valentino) was inspired by 1920s and 1930s Hollywood starlet portraiture. As a film student, Otalora wished to further connect with her film studies despite lack of representation. With a gritty flair inspired by the film styles and movement of German Expressionism, and the later Film Noir, chiaroscuro lighting techniques are employed to provide a dark twist to glamor. Utilizing an inclusive cast of models, providing queer and BIPOC representation along with 20s and 30s iconography facilitates a dialogue between the artistic canon of the past and the emerging canon of the present.

 


This series made its premiere in The 98 Project’s 98 Identity Spring 2018 Gallery Pop-Up at The Market in Boston, MA (May 2018).

All images and subjects in "Valentino" were individually curated, styled, and edited by Lena Camille Otalora.