El Carnaval del Pueblo
Oil on Canvas, 80 H x 80 W cm / 31.5 H x 31.5 W in
Created by Ofir Hirsh,under the Maduro identity, in 2010.
My infatuation with carnivals began with my 1st carnival in Brazil in 1994.
In carnivals people share their common need of fantasizing and going crazy. I believe that scheduling annual grand celebrations makes us happier creatures and helps us maintain a more balanced life the rest of the time. I have a few carnival inspired works, and this particular one is inspired by the little known carnivals in the ‘rural’ Dominican Republic. The festive vibes, the action, mess and noise, during carnival days in those small places. As opposed to the fancy crowded carnival in Santo Domingo (the capital), the carnival in those small Dominican towns or villages, where everybody knows each other, is more intimate and in a way more exciting and personal, as you take a more significant part in it. Throughout the years I experienced “niche” carnivals all over the Dominican Republic; and for a few years with ‘Fundacion Marlee-Jo’, I had the honor of being a part of the organizing team in the carnival of Agua Sabrosa, and yes, I miss it a lot.