Rasquache was launched for the first time on June 2016, in San Francisco Cuapa, Cholula, Puebla, Mexico. The location of the residency is of particular importance because of its cultural richness, history, and traditions. This residency is also profoundly relevant to Federico Cuatlacuatl's experience as an undocumented immigrant in the U.S. After sixteen years growing up as an undocumented immigrant and unable to return back to Mexico, he finally traveled back to his hometown, San Francisco Coapan, in the summer of 2016. The purpose of his travel to Mexico was to host and establish the Rasquache Residency at his parent's house which had been unoccupied for more than twenty years. This project is a continuity of Federico's current artistic research which strives to disseminate topics of immigration, cultural sustainability, and social art practice. Furthermore, this project is an extension/expansion of SQACC's mission to build binational artistic/community relationships in Puebla, Mexico.
The artist residency takes on the name of Rasquache as a reference to the history and ownership of the property as well as emphasizing the cultural importance of the region. Rasquache Residency embraces and honors the traditions and culture of Cholula region as a means to comprehend the diaspora of marginalized sectors in Latin America which may lead Latinos to migrate illegally to the U.S. By embracing such traditions and culture, Rasquache strives to bring forth visibility and awareness of a positive attitude towards the current socio political instabilities of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The residency seeks to expand and build onto rasquachismo ideals by engaging in artistic works that produce positive attitudes by inverting negative socio political and cultural connotations. Rasquache challenges artists to embrace and emphasize the adoption of rasquachismo attitude and ideals striving to rediscover and reconstruct community empowerment and artistic/academic agency for social change transnationally within marginalized and disenfranchised communities.