Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Professor Nicholas Newman


Colombian-born Lincoln-based artist Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez has grounded her recent art production within a wide art historical and Pan-American discourse. This interdisciplinary and interethnic practice is particularly exemplified in Chapter 6: Casta Paintings, a series of work within her “visual novel”, started after a significant move from New York City to Lincoln. This paper intends to describe and analyze her casta painting works in detail, from their intellectual inception to the minutiae of the work’s creation, providing a context in which a reader can understand the historical and artistic significance of her works within two methodological approaches; critical-race theory and postcolonialism. The choice to focus on race and colonialism is primarily due to scholarship on casta paintings, which places it within its colonial context, while a feminist and social anthropological approach are only touched upon in this analysis.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of Art & Art History University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Bachelor of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 2020 Jonathan Orozco.

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