Entre-Existente Between-Existence

Entre-Existente Between-Existence

Entre-Existente Between-Existence

Press Release

South Bend, Indiana – December 1 , 2014 – The Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art presents Entre-Existente|Between-Existence an exhibition by Federico Cuatlacuatl.
Entre-Existente|Between-Existence runs from December 10, 2014 - February 6, 2015. Digital artist Federico Cuatlacuatl, MFA candidate at Bowling Green State University, Ohio, creates works that have an “emphasis in visually and theoretically representing sociopolitical issues [which] also recognizes the gap between theory and praxis, and therefore, bridges both approaches by bringing social engagement” into his pieces.
Cuatlacuatl grew up as an undocumented immigrant in the United States.  Through reflecting on this and “ upon the current realities of Hispanic immigrant experiences through the dual lenses of cultural heritage and contemporary influences,” Cuatlacuatl says he uses them “as a means to rediscover and reinterpret cultural identity.” Fusing these subjects into videos and digital animations to create works that combine the past, present, and future into one space.  
The reception for Entre-Existente|Between-Existence on December 17, 2014 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.  Come spend the evening to enjoy the artworks, meet Federico Cuatlacuatl and to listen to a brief artist talk.
The Crossroads Gallery for Contemporary Art is located inside the Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture at 1045 West Washington Street in South Bend.
Crossroads Gallery is owned and operated by the University of Notre Dame and observes it’s holiday schedule. Therefore the gallery will be closed from December 24, 2014 - January 4, 2015. Crossroads will resume it’s normal hours on Monday, January 5, 2015.

Answers from the Artist


Answers about the 5 lightbox figures:


NDCAC: What/who are they?


FC: The figures are the five different historical and cultural soldiers that participated in the battle of Puebla, the independence of Mexico in 1862.  


NDCAC: What is the significance of their regalia?


FC: The clothing of each soldier defines its country, race, culture and in some cases the fusion of these. The following are the names of each and their representations:


Inditio - distinguished mainly by the large hat he wears made out of palm fronds, this costume represents the indigenous who participated in the battle for independence.


Turko - (turks) are a reference to Muslim Spanish moors and are distinguished by their turbans and silk clothing on their costume.


Zacapoaxtlas - charros/mariachi reference recognized mainly by its large mariachi hat decorated with red, white, and green paper hanging from it.


Franceses - elite french troops known for wearing blue caps and royal blue capes.


Zapadores - elite Mexican class mostly identifiable by their tall Spanish colonial style helmets.


NDCAC: How do they factor into the show?


FC: These figures belong to a friend who is an undocumented immigrant.  This involves a dimension of cultural and political weight. The cultural aspect acknowledges the history of cultural fusions throughout Latin America which has helped me contextualize an immigrant’s current cultural adaptation to this country.  Also the involvement of this tradition with the figurines recognizes the preservation of tradition, culture, and history that we immigrants insist on, preserving our past, history, and culture to privilege it in our present, transculturation, and our fusion into the dominant culture.  The political aspect of this figures acknowledges the political tensions that were rooted during the colonization of Latin America despite independence and how these tensions still exist as hierarchy models that define an immigrant's current political, social, and economical identity/status.  



An answer about the raccoon:

Raccoon on Figure and Still of Tiempo Animation

NDCAC: Why is there a raccoon on the life size figure?


FC: The raccoon is part of the costume as a whole, the indigenous soldiers were always traveling and therefore carried food with them such as raccoon and their cooking utensils hanging below.  Originally cacomixtle, Bassariscus sumichrasti, animal skin was used on the backs of the soldiers as a reference and honor to their regional patron goddess camaxtli.


Answer to to Tiempo/Kauitl Animation Question:


NDCAC: In the animation Tiempo/Kauitl, are the figures working together or against one another?  


FC: Here the figures are working with one another since this video takes time (past,present, and future) as three individuals interacting with each other and coexisting simultaneously in the same space, time, and dimension.  I represent the present, the polygons represent the future, and the bird represents the past.  


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