The art~documentary will result with a collection of 16 or more family portraits that represent the social structure of the colonial “calidad” as it exist today. The effort is to reveal the footprint of the colonial structure within our contemporary world.
Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra "Calidad"
The project, as a series of sixteen family portraits, will use the same aesthetics formulated by the Mexican Casta Painting tradition, where both the mother and the father are represented with their children. However, rather than using a literal definitions for the ethnic identity such as mulatto or mestizo, the ethinic identity will be represented by the family's own history or with a DNA Genograpahic Study of the mother and father’s global ancestral migration.
The proposed body of work, Contemporary Casta Portraiture: Nuestra "Calidad" explores the idea of Our Contemporary Ancestry.
The family should be willing to sit for a formal environmental portrait.
The family should be willing to identify their ethnicity or take part in DNA ancestral testing provided by Genographics project that is administered by the National Geographic Society.