Federico Cuatlacuatl: Papalotes en Protesta

April 3, 2020 – April 24, 2020

Second Street Gallery is pleased to present Federico Cuatlacuatl: Papalotes en Protesta, on view from April 3 – April 24, 2020 in our Dové Gallery. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on First Friday, April 3, from 5:30-7:30pm.

Born in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, Cuatlacuatl immigrated to the United States in 1999 and now lives and works in Charlottesville as a multimedia artist and Assistant Professor in Digital Art at UVA’s Studio Art Department. Building from his own experience growing up as an undocumented immigrant and previously holding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Cuatlacuatl’s research is primarily concerned with pressing realities in current social, political, and cultural issues that Latinx undocumented immigrants face in the United States. His work is invested in disseminating topics of Latinx immigration, social art practice, and cultural sustainability.

In his exhibition at Second Street Gallery, Cuatlacuatl will explore the use of tradition and culture as political weapons by examining the Latinx custom of building kites. His installation in the Dové Gallery will combine various 3D kite models with 3D animation projections to display digital ‘translations’ of the kites’ flying gestures. In addition to the exhibition space, Cuatlacuatl’s total project will include a community engagement component with kite kit workshops and flying sessions for area high school students, UVA art students, and members of the public.

Cuatlacuatl earned his BFA in computer animation at Ball State University and his MFA in digital arts at Bowling Green State University. His work has been featured at a number of exhibitions and film festivals throughout the United States and internationally, including Canada, Finland, Greece, France, Mexico, India, Portugal, and England. Cuatlacuatl is the founder of the Rasquache Artist Residency in his hometown of Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.

Full press release HERE.