Veronika Marquez Combines Past and Present in ‘Camila’ – NSFW

Photographer Veronika Marquez summons another identity in her double self-portrait work where we meet her past having a dialogue with her current self. The series ‘Camila’ is actually a namesake from her previous profession as a prostitute at the age of 16. The idea for the project came during a photography class where a project on prostitution was revered by the class but Marquez herself felt distress over it. Angered by how prostitution is always presented in the same cliched manner of affliction and misfortune, she had to look into a past that she struggled to hide for many years in order to effectively speak about it. Reliving her experiences as Camila became the basis for capturing the coexistence of both identities in a single space as a way to represent who she was and who she is now. According to Marquez, “I should shout with Camila from the rooftops that I have never felt humiliated, unworthy or unfree in my previous profession. Quite the opposite, I was free of moral and aesthetic prejudice, free to spend my free time as I wanted.”

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