Joseph Josue Mora is a multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. He was born in Acambaro GTO., Mexico in 1993. Mora is an alum from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), where he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts. His work focuses on portraying and understanding his reality as an undocumented immigrant in the United States through his politicized identity. He also asks questions concerning immigration, disenfranchisement, and work ethic through his practice. Currently his work is focused on using art handling materials and cues to mirror back issues of immigration to parallels between the art and political world.
Mora’s first solo show took place in 2015 at Pilsen Outpost. Later he was curated in the Chicago Latinx Art Now Biennial in 2016. He performed a collaborative performance at Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Mora has been awarded the Caxton Artists Book Grant and SAIC’s Student Government’s Idea Grant to help start the production of Undocumented Projects (co-creator) Survival Kits. He also exhibited a collaboration piece in a group show, ‘Peeling Off the Grey’, at the National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago. He recently finished his first residency at the Chicago Art Department, where he debuted a series of new and ongoing work.