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Artist Talk | Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez

Join the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston on Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00 PM for an artist talk featuring Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez in conversation with scholar and College of Charleston Hispanic Studies faculty Dr. Christina García on the occasion of Friedemann-Sánchez’s exhibition "Pinturas de Casta and the Construction of American Identity" at the Halsey Institute.

This event is free admission. The conversation will be both in-person in the galleries and live-streamed at

The Halsey Institute will present works from Colombian 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 Colombia 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.
Learn more about this exhibition at

Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez, "Morisca" [detail], 2018-2019, Ink on Tyvek, Spanish comb, mask, 80 x 40 inches

May 17, 2022

Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston
161 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401

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