Luiza Folegatti is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist and visual anthropologist. Her practice combines research on gender, migration, photography, and Latin American studies with social advocacy for immigrant rights.
Folegatti's research interests include gender, migration, photography, and Latin American studies, and she integrates artistic practice, teaching photography, and social advocacy work around the rights of immigrants. She was an artist in residency at The Studios at MASS MoCA and her work has been featured in international festivals and exhibitions, including Curta o Gênero, Düsseldorf Photo+, F2 Fotofestival German International Ethnographic Film Festival, II Transforma, Photoszene, and the Royal Anthropological Institute Film Festival. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies from the Universidade Estadual de Campinas (Brazil) and a master’s degree in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), where she was a recipient of a DAAD scholarship.
Folegatti designs and facilitates long-term photography workshops applying several collaborative methods for community organizing and was a lecturer in the master’s program in Visual and Media Anthropology at the Hochschule für Medien, Kommunikation und Wirtschaft in Berlin (Germany). She also has a background as a social worker, focusing on women immigrants in Germany, and now is a collaborator with the Berkshire Immigrant Center, organizing several media and arts projects, including the Iris Residency, a partnership with MASS MoCA to support immigrant artists in Western Massachusetts.
Folegatti was a visiting faculty member at Bennington in Spring 23 and returns for the 2023-2024 academic year.