Lucas Artists Fellow

  • RESIDENCY DATES : Feb 13th 2008 to Feb 14th 2008 | Oct 13th 2013 to Nov 19th 2013
  • FROM : Mexico
  • MEMBER OF Dignicraft

Figueroa is founder of Dignicraft, a hybrid between a media production company, distributor of cultural goods and contemporary art collective with over 12 years of professional experience; finding inspiration on the artisanal process of creation, human dignity and the potential of collaboration to achieve the common good.

Previously he was a founding member of the production company Galatea audio/visual based in Mexico and the United States, meeting the media production, marketing and branding needs of its customers.  On the other hand, he has been an artist of the bulbo collective, creating content for television, radio, press and the Internet, and producing contemporary art projects in various countries in America and Europe.

Figueroa has law degree from the Autonomous University of Baja California. He served as Trial Attorney and Public Prosecutor in the Attorney General of the State of Baja California. He teaches video and film production at the Faculty of Arts of the Autonomous University of Baja California. At 15 years of age he moved to Baja California and started surfing.

Currently he is directing the feature length documentary titled “La Ola Perfecta” (The Perfect Wave), that was awarded in 2011 the Mexican Insitute of Cinema's award for Development of a Feature Project.

Filmography & projects:

2013, “Ísïch´e Irekaska” (The Way We Live) short film produced as part of the one month long collaborative/intercultural film production workshop titled “Imágenes Vivas” (Vivid Images) made in collaboration with the Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes [CONACULTA], via the Dirección General de Culturas Populares and its Unidad Regional en Michoacán.  Santa Fe de la Laguna, Michoacan, Mexico.

2013, “Pasajes” (Passageways) short film documentary about the role of artists to reactivate the city of Tijuana, Mexico, after a period of violent crisis. Produced for the television program Artbound broadcast by KCET-Los Angeles, USA.

2013, “Cariz” short film produced as part of the four month long collaborative film production workshop with visual arts and performance students at the Arts Faculty of the Autonomous University of Baja California.  Tijuana, Mexico.

2013, Workshop on how to develop an idea for a documentary film project and use collaboration as a means for production.  El Cuarto de Luz gallery in Tijuana and Colegio de Michoacan in Zamora, Mexico.

In addition, José Luis Figueroa collaborated in a wide range of media and art projects under the bulbo art collective and the Galatea audio/visual company.  The following list is a selection of work he took part in:

2011, “Brilliant Soil” (Tierra Brillante) feature length documentary about the health problems caused by the use of lead glaze in Mexican ceramics. Galatea audio/visual and FOPROCINE-México (Grand Prix 8th Film Festival on Clay and Glass, France; Best Film award International Festival of Indigenous Film and Video, Mexico; Material Culture and Archeology Film Prize, 13th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film, Scotland)

2009, “Tijuaneados Anónimos: Una lágrima, una sonrisa” feature length documentary that portrayed how a group of citizens faced the unprecedented wave of violence that erupted in the city of Tijuana and throughout Mexico. Galatea audio/visual and FOPROCINE-México (Morelia International Film Festival, México, 2009; Gira Ambulante de Documentales, Mexico, 2010; Best Local Film San Diego Latino Film Fest, USA, 2011)

2008, “bulbo, San Jose: DIY Media Strategies from the Border” video workshop and gallery exhibition with gang impacted youth to create self-representations of themselves, families and community.  01SJ Biennial / Natalie and James Thompson Art Gallery, San Jose, California, USA.

2008, “Don’t, a reactivation of an Allan Kaprow Happening”, a collaborative project with The Public Art Studies Program at the Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, as part of Allan Kaprow – Art as Life, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, Los Angeles, USA.

2005, Production of the short film documentary “On Translation: Fear/Miedo”, as a collaboration with the Catalan artist Antoni Muntadas, commissioned as a piece for Insite05 and broadcast on network television through channel 12 Televisa in Tijuana, Mexico, channel 15 KPBS in San Diego, USA and channel 22 CONACULTA in all of Mexico.

2007, “Tianguis de Diseño” graphic design and self-representation workshop with indigenous youth, as part of Anni and Josef Albers exhibition at the Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico City, Mexico.

2005-2007, “La Tienda de Ropa” (The Clothes Shop) workshop and community engagement installation/performance reflecting upon the use, production, consumption of clothing and channeling ideas through the design of original garments. InSite_05, Cooper Union School of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and swap meets, shopping malls and boutiques in the San Diego/Tijuana area. Tijuana, Mexico; San Diego and New York, USA.

2000-2006, Production of short film documentaries for the television show BULBO, considered one of the 10 best programs in Mexico by Milenio’s newspaper critic Álvaro Cueva in 2004. Galatea audio/visual produced over 80 documentaries about daily life in the border region of Tijuana, Mexico and San Diego, USA, broadcast in all of Mexico and some parts of the USA via Canal 22 CONACULTA, Channel 52 MX of MVS and Univision San Diego.