Carlota Santamaria is a Barcelona born creative director and conceptualizer, based in between New York & Los Angeles. She has also lived in Paris, Belgium and Japan, which gave her a worldwide vision of the cultural contemporary world and a deep understanding of creative thinking and image making.
Since Volume 2 of Odiseo, She has been collaborating with Folch Studio as the magazine’s creative co-director from her studio in NY & LA.
As she is continuously working on defining a new concept of Erotica, she is been part of the a new conceptual direction to Odiseo at it’s re-launch.
In addition to her work known for crossing media genres and platforms, both on and offline, she carries out a continuous investigation as a trend forecaster.
She develops an ongoing task of essay writing on today’s complex cultural, social and economic landscape. This gives her an invaluable platform from where she develops all her creative direction projects, as Ideas City video for the New Museum.
HP Hewlett Packard; Storefront for Art and Architecture NY; New Museum; Odiseo by Folch Studio; Lucas Borras; Paper Planes; Quantic; Dresslab; Stella; Suite; Apartamento Magazine;Other clients;
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Black sun

I directed this film pursuing the idea of making a visual art piece, but at the same time it is a fashion film too. I've chosen a vintage Martin Margiela dress as I admire him as a creator who was able to bring art in into fashion in a shameless undisguised way. I guess my first idea has been achieved, as the video has been exhibited in Art festivals ( Incubarte, Close up Vallarta) galleries (Mr. Pink, ULAC), as well as in fashion film festivals ( ASVOFF at Caixa Forum, Hispanic-American Fashion Culture at FIT) For that piece I've work on the following concept. In the Japanese Bunraku Theatre, the puppets come to life through puppeteers dressed in black. The first impression is that the puppet is an inert object that moves at the whim of the artist. But the more you deepen in the play, the characters dressed in black, end up seeping away. They appear to your eyes as slaves of the puppet, moving to the sound of what appear to be the wishes of a doll that gained life.?In this connection we see a reflection of the nature of man and his soul. Homer sees life as a breath and at the same time as a disembodied shadow, the body depends on the halo of soul’s breath to live. Orphisms believes that the soul is not a principle that informs the body and gives him life, but something that’s essentially non-sensitive and not material detached from the body, which seeks to ascend.?In this piece I think about how to visualize if the soul comes down to the body, or the body to the soul.?Is it the soul the one that moves us like marionettes, or it is our body the one that gives a space to the existence of the soul??I articulate this duality by constructing an environment without definite dimensions, and a hypnotic narrative where what we don’t see, the black body, has the same presence and visual force as what can see, the dress.