Reconfiguring Casta, Un-Typing Casta, and Tell and Retell are site specific installations combining prints and paintings; Tavera’s work is a commentary on the historical genre of castas paintings from the 17th and 18th century by the colonial system. The paintings were charts created to portray a hierarchical system of social classifications based on mixed ethno-racial heritage, and status achieved. Tavera re-interprets these by blending historical and present-day images to question societal constructs of racial categorization of Latinx identity in the United States. The typological concepts of racial identity are not meant to define how people should be classified, but instead to explore how people of Latin American diaspora express their own identity.
Christiansen Gallery, Augsburg University (Detail)
Christiansen Gallery, Augsburg University