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This project looks at the role of Catholic imagery in Spain during the transición española. During the thirty years of the dictatorship, the Franco regime made Golden Age representations of Catholicism into a pervasive propaganda in order to control Spanish citizens. Through painting, photography, performance art, and illustrations, Spanish artists of the transición española reclaimed Catholicism by using Catholic imagery to express a Camp sensibility, homoeroticism, and alternative gender roles. Ultimately, what was once used as propaganda was turned into freedom of speech.
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Turner, Madeline, "Pop Culture Catholicism: The Virgin Mary, Jesus Christ, and Other Superstars of the transición española" (2012). Senior Projects Spring 2012. 180.