Jacqueline Arias is an interdisciplinary artist and independent filmmaker born in Costa Rica and raised in southern Ohio. This varied geographical and cultural history has inspired a body of work that combines experimental video, data-visualizations and performance to address latinx issues around family separation, women’s rights, and international adoption. Arias is an independent director of a feature length documentary film, entitled Imaginary Mothers that was screened at the 2017 Golden Door International Film Festival and at the Adoption Initiative 2018 biennial conference. In 2018, Arias was awarded a seed grant from Women In Film and Video DC. Arias has been invited to speak about her work and activism at Adoptee to Adoptee Talks for Hispanic Heritage Month and Loyola University, Maryland. In 2022, Jacqueline was awarded a $10,000 Border Lab Graduate Fellowship from the Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry at the University of Arizona. Arias earned a BFA in photography from Parsons School of Design and is currently in the interdisciplinary MFA program at the University of Arizona in Tucson.