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.  

  • Ten Steps to Drowning
Collaboration with poet Madeline McConico & the Poetry Off the Page curatorial project. The installation is a visual response to McConico’s poem “Ten Steps to Drowning”; featuring the author and her contemporaries in ten meditative motion-image tableaus.

Five-Channel Video Installation
Poem by: Madeline McConico
Film by: Ruben J. Davila