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Castas

At the time when Mexico was named “The New Spain”, there was a ruling social hierarchy system determined by the racial origins of an individual: a class system that pretended to categorize people in an inflexible socio-economical condition linked to the identity given since birth. It were these conditions that produced the surge of a pictorial genre on the 18th Century in the New Spain called “Casta painting”, which claimed to visually represent the distinctive features of each of the social classes determined by the race mixture. In the project Castas, Emilio Rangel recovers this ancient pictorial genre to create a 3-D version of these colonial paintings, depicting the same stagings, attitudes and typical dresses, exchanging the original races or human sub-species for animal characters that, when combined, generate new sub-species.

Date: 2012 Skills: Castas