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Poster or Presentation Title

Catalan Artist Pierre Daura as Exile, Refugee, Naturalized American Citizen

Location

Virtual Recording

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

8-4-2020 12:00 PM

End Date

8-4-2020 1:15 PM

Department

History

Abstract

During a crisis of nationality, the works of Catalan artist Pierre Daura lament the suffering he witnessed during the Spanish Civil War. Daura rejected his Spanish citizenship when the Republicans fell to Franco, and he took refuge in the United States. At a time when Spanish refugees faced nativist immigration policies, and suspect Communist labor organizers operating in transnational networks were viewed as national security threats, he enfolded his identity as a Spaniard into the mantle of an American embrace. His art began to suggest a sense of security and abundance central to his adopted Rockbridge, Virginia home.

By examining U.S. immigration policies and Daura’s identity as a refugee, immigrant, and naturalized American citizen, I will establish that his immigration experiences frame his contextual and allegorical works, confirming place as the progenitor of Daura’s oeuvre.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Dr. Mike Santos
Dr. Barbara Rothermel
Dr. Adam Dean
Dr. Ed DeClair

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Apr 8th, 12:00 PM Apr 8th, 1:15 PM

Catalan Artist Pierre Daura as Exile, Refugee, Naturalized American Citizen

Virtual Recording

During a crisis of nationality, the works of Catalan artist Pierre Daura lament the suffering he witnessed during the Spanish Civil War. Daura rejected his Spanish citizenship when the Republicans fell to Franco, and he took refuge in the United States. At a time when Spanish refugees faced nativist immigration policies, and suspect Communist labor organizers operating in transnational networks were viewed as national security threats, he enfolded his identity as a Spaniard into the mantle of an American embrace. His art began to suggest a sense of security and abundance central to his adopted Rockbridge, Virginia home.

By examining U.S. immigration policies and Daura’s identity as a refugee, immigrant, and naturalized American citizen, I will establish that his immigration experiences frame his contextual and allegorical works, confirming place as the progenitor of Daura’s oeuvre.