Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program

Art History

Project Advisor 1

Susan Aberth

Abstract/Artist's Statement

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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