Nancy Friedemann-Sánchez is a Colombo-American, mid-career artist with an interdisciplinary practice. She grew up in Colombia as the child of a Colombian and a United States citizen and migrated to the US as an adult. Her art is about the curious and intense experience of having physically migrated, yet still having a piece of herself rooted in Colombia. She is creating an intersectional feminist visual novel that is a multifaceted project comprised of paintings, sculptures, objects, and mixed media that together—and in different voices—weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, and punctuations about hybridity and cultural ownership.
She is in the Elisabeth Sackler Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum; she participated at the 20 Congreso Internacional: La Experiencia Intelectual de las Mujeres en el Siglo XXI in 2012 in Mexico City. Shows include Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nerman Museum of Art, Miami Museum of Contemporary Art, Blue Star Contemporary, The Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, La Bienal de Cuenca, Ecuador, The Sheldon Museum of Art, The Joslyn Art Museum, The Portland Museum; El Museo del Barrio and Bronx Museum of the Arts.
She was awarded the Doctorow Prize in Painting, a Nebraska Arts Council Grant, a Smithsonian Artist Fellowship; a Puffin grant; a Pollock Krasner grant; a NALAC grant and was nominated to the Joan Mitchel Foundation grant, the United States Artists Fellowship, the Rema Hort Mann and to the Anonymous was a Woman Foundation. She was a resident at Art OMI, Fountainhead, Tamarind Institute, Yaddo, Gasworks, Bemis Center for Contemporary arts and Bronx Museum for the Arts.
Her work is collected by Karen and Robert Duncan, Jose Mugrabi, The Sheldon Museum, El Museo del Barrio, The Cleveland Museum, The Museum University of New Mexico, El Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Panamá, El Museo de Arte Moderno, Cali Colombia. Her work was reviewed by Hyperallergic, Terremoto, El Nuevo Herald, The New York Times, Artforum; The Paris Review, Time out, Art Paper and Art Nexus.
Together with her husband, artist Charley Friedman, Nancy runs FIENDISH PLOTS. FIENDISH PLOTS is an artist-run initiative and exhibition space organized that hosts interdisciplinary exhibitions, salons, critiques of seasoned artists in Lincoln NE and Brooklyn NY.
Statement 2021 - A Visual Novel: Mestiza Dos Veces
I am working on chapters of a visual novel, comprised of different media that weave a synchronicity of dialogues about hybridity and cultural ownership. This work explores migration, the encounters between Europe and the Americas, and the continuing effects of colonization into the present. By researching historic, Colonial art practices, I aim to recuperate lost knowledge and create art that reflects the past and comments on the present. My intention is to comprehend the past so that I can understand the present and share that knowledge with the viewer. My work ultimately spans cultures and adds to the contributions of Latina and feminist communities in the United States and Latin America.