Houston Community College


ARTstor and Houston Community College have collaborated to share 550 images documenting carnivals in the Dominican Republic by Rubén Durán in the Digital Library.

Durán's photographs explore Dominican identity by documenting the yearly carnival celebrations in Santiago, Cotuí, Santo Domingo, La Vega, and La Romana that put to the fore a cultural mosaic forged by ordinary people.

Carnival is celebrated throughout the Dominican Republic during the month of February. Revelers wear flashy costumes of allegorical characters such as the Diablo Cojuelo (limping devil), who attacks people with an inflated vejiga (bladder) or a whip, Roba la Gallina (steal the chicken), a man dressed as a woman with exaggerated breasts and buttocks, and Califé, a poet, the people's voice, who criticizes political, social, or cultural figures.

Rubén Durán, Instructional Designer and video developer at Houston Community College, has also collaborated on the film "Colors of the Dominican Carnival" with Donna Pinnick. The documentary features interviews with mask-makers, musicians, anthropologists, and the masqueraders who create the characters at the heart of carnival.

Houston Community College is one of the largest institutions of higher education in the United States, including more international students than any community college in the country.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 550
Percentage of completion 100%

* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: September 24, 2013

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