WORKS > La Raza Cósmica 20XX

A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey
Edition of 10
21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019

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La Raza Cosmica 20XX is a suite of 16 screen-prints by Michael Menchaca (b. 1985, San Antonio, TX) printed in collaboration with Master Printer Julia Samuels at Overpass Projects (Providence, RI). This series of screenprints invokes the Spanish Casta (or caste) painting tradition of colonial Mexico, circa 17th — 18th century. Each Casta consisted of a domestic family portrait posing a father, mother, and their (hybrid) offspring in traditional colonial dress. Castas were labeled in Spanish script at the bottom of each portrait according to the racial mixture of their child.

Menchaca’s La Raza Cósmica 20XX contemporize the portraits from a 1777 Casta painting entitled Las Castas Mexicanas by Ignacio Maria Barreda. The 16 individual prints in the series feature New World racial combinations as a variety of animal archetypes posing with their Big Tech “smart” devices in the traditional Casta painting form. In this way, Menchaca turns to world mythology to depict a variety of Latinx families as hybrid instruments of digital technology; while correlating Silicon Valley’s domineering societal influence in the 21st century with antiquated forms of systemic oppression.

Artist designed frames are wrapped with screen prints depicting various iterations of social media and Big Tech icons. This patterning highlights the artist's concentration and concerns on the human connection to technology and the imposition and obstruction of surveillance capitalism as the 21st Century’s prevalent form of instrumentarian power.

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Castizo No. 2 Framed
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
No. 4 Framed (Detail)
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Mestizo No. 1
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Castizo No. 2
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Español No. 3
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Español No. 4
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Mulato No. 5
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Quarteron No. 6
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Torna Atras No. 7
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Chino No.8
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Lobo No. 9
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Sambayoo No. 10
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Cambujan No. 11
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Notientiendo No. 12
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Calpamulato No. 13
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Albarazado No. 14
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Tente En El Aire No. 15
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
Ahi Te Estas No. 16
from La Raza Cosmicá 20XX, A suite of 16 screen prints
Screenprint on Stonehenge Pearl Grey; Edition of 10; 21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019
La Raza Cósmica 20XX
A suite of 16 screen prints
21” wide x 22.5” tall
2019