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Born in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, Federico Cuatlacuatl immigrated to Indiana in 1999, and grew up as an undocumented immigrant.
Striving to spark awareness, change, advances, and cultural sustainability. Federico Cuatlacuatl's work reflects on current realities of Hispanic immigrant diasporas in the United States. His research is primarily concerned with social, political, and cultural issues that Hispanic immigrants face in this country.
Cuatlacuatl has participated in numerous exhibitions and film festivals throughout the United States, and abroad. His independent productions have been screened in various national and international film festivals in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Finland, Greece, England, India, France and the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal. In 2016, Federico launched an annual international artist residency in Puebla, Mexico, acting as the director and inviting global emerging and established artists.
Cuatlacuatl received his bachelor's degree in computer animation at Ball State University (2013). He earned his M.F.A. at Bowling Green State University, specializing in Digital Arts (2015). During his one-year appointment at Ohio State University as a visiting assistant professor, Cuatlacuatl focused on the methods of teaching socially engaged animation productions. Cuatlacuatl held a position as an assistant professor at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2016-2017.
At the University of Virginia, Cuatlacuatl's research and teaching will focus on socially engaged pedagogy, the dissemination of community empowerment and artistic/academic agency for social change within marginalized and minority communities.