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May 13 - July 16, 2022

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez

PINTURAS DE CASTA AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN IDENTITY

May 13 - July 16, 2022

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez

PINTURAS DE CASTA AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN IDENTITY

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art will present works from Columbian American artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez’s Casta Paintings series. Friedemann-Sánchez’s paintings reference casta painting, a genre popularized in eighteenth-century Spanish Colonial Central and South America that purported to depict a racial and social taxonomy of children born of racially mixed couplings. Friedemann-Sánchez’s contemporary casta paintings take inspiration from this problematic genre to reflect on the legacy of colonialism that lingers in the racial and social discrimination and marginalization present in her home country of Columbia and here in the United States. The paintings feature life-size tracings of female bodies adorned with floral imagery lifted from both the indigenous resin technique of mopa mopa and Spanish colonial iconography. Masks from across Latin America and the Caribbean are included to represent stereotypes born of colonial-era mixed-race classifications that continue to perpetuate today.

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez

PINTURAS DE CASTA AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF AMERICAN IDENTITY

May 13 - July 16, 2022
ON VIEW WITH

Kukuli Velarde

CORPUS

About the artist

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez is a Colombo-American, mid-career artist with an interdisciplinary practice. She grew up in Colombia as the child of a Colombian and a United States citizen and migrated to the US as an adult. Her art is about the curious and intense experience of having physically migrated, yet still having a piece of herself rooted in Colombia. She is creating an intersectional feminist visual novel that is a multifaceted project comprised of paintings, sculptures, objects, and mixed media that together—and in different voices—weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, and punctuations about hybridity and cultural ownership.

She is in the Elisabeth Sackler Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum; she participated at the 20 Congreso Internacional: La Experiencia Intelectual de las Mujeres en el Siglo XXI in 2012 in Mexico City. Shows include Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nerman Museum of Art, Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Blue Star Contemporary, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, La Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador, The Sheldon Museum of Art, The Joslyn Art Museum, The Portland Museum; El Museo del Barrio and Bronx Museum of the Arts.

She was awarded the Doctorow Prize in Painting, a Nebraska Arts Council Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship; a Puffin grant; a Pollock Krasner grant; a NALAC grant and was nominated to the Joan Mitchel Foundation grant, the United States Artists Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann and to the Anonymous was a Woman Foundation. She was a resident at Art OMI, Fountainhead, Tamarind Institute, Yaddo, Gasworks, Bemis Center for Contemporary arts and Bronx Museum for the Arts.

Learn more at https://www.nancyfriedemann.com/

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