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La Raza Cosmica 20XX by Michael Menchaca

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Edition Size: 10

Image Size: 17x18 inches

Sheet Size: 20x21 inches


Condition: Pristine

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A suite of 16 screen prints, each 21” wide x 22.5” tall printed on Stonehenge Pearl Grey. Edition of 10 with 2 artist proofs and 2 printers proofs. Printed by Julia Samuels.

La Raza Cósmica 20XX presents a mythical re-interpretation of Jose Vasconcelos’ mestizo identity theory, La Raza Cósmica, using animal stand-ins to depict the intermixing between Latinx bodies. In his theory, Vasconcelos states that the Latin American intermixing of European DNA with Amerindian, Asian, and African DNA, created an ethnical fusion, a mestizáje, which he characterizes as the cosmic race. Pairing this theory with the Spanish Casta paintings, popular in 18th century Spanish colonial Mexico and instrumental in constructing racial identity through a visual index, I envision a new set of Castas where Silicon Valley technology has been integrated to intercommunicate between Latinx families.

Artist designed frames are wrapped with screen prints depicting various iterations of social media and tech company logos. This patterning highlights the artists’ concentration and concerns around our relationships with technology, the privacy and security of our personal data and surveillance capitalism as 21st Century’s newest form of human exploitation.


The Artist

Michael Menchaca

Born in 1985 in San Antonio, Menchaca received his BFA from Texas State University in 2011, and his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (ME), Vermont Studio Center (VT), The Wassaic Project (NY), Studios at MASS MoCA (MA), among others. He was a Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center from 2015 – 2016 in Provincetown, MA, and is a recipient of the 2019 National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts Grant. From 2019 — 2020, he is traveling across the U.S. co-curating the New York/San Antonio exhibition titled Xicanx: New Visions with Suzy González. Menchaca currently lives and works in San Antonio, TX.

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