"Art has a way of confronting us, of reminding us, of engaging us, in what it means to be human, and what it means to be human is to be flawed, is to be contradictory, is to be often weak, and yet despite all of these what we would consider drawbacks, that we’re also quite beautiful." 

José Alejandro Córcoles (July 31st, 1990) is a visual artist based in Chicago, IL. Jose’s work aims to upend the image of the meek working-class Mexican, challenging the politics of respectability while seeking non-conventional forms and fusions to tell stories. Through photography and filmmaking Jose explores themes of machismo, sexuality and class struggle while embracing the full humanity of marginalized groups.

After having graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2013 José spent time traveling and working as a teaching artist along with finishing a fellowship with The Chicago Reporter focused on video and photography. He reaches back and borrows from his immigrant ancestors, paying homage to his Mexican and Guatemalan roots by sharing the Latino-American experience with South side Chicago style.