Ruben J. Davila (he/him) is a Chicano filmmaker and visual artist based in Chicago, Illinois.

Davila’s visual art practice collages archival footage from a vast swath of analog/digital sources into meditative and cerebral images which evoke Latin American spiritualism and iconography. His work has been showcased in contemporary art exhibitions and as live visuals accompanying music and performance art.  

Davila’s filmmaking practice captures narratives of the American working class, immigrant communities, and the dialogues of the marginalized. His short-form work aims to explore the intersection of identity and alienation of communities living precariously in the American Midwest.  

Sign of Cipactli: Part I & II
Two chapters from an ongoing series which loosely adapts the myth of the Cipactli, a ferocious many-mouthed crocodile, whose dismembered body formed the thirteen realms of the world.

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  • February 2023 - April 2023
  • Elastic Arts Visual Gallery 
  •     & Chicago Art Deparment
  • Three-Channel Video Installation
  • Found-Footage Assemblage
  • Runtime: 5:26