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Santiago X

Koasati/Chamoru

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Santiago X is a multidisciplinary artist who specializes in land art and architectural and new media installations. He is an enrolled member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (Koasati) and Indigenous Chamorro from the Island of Guam (Hacha’Maori). His work explores human interaction with the built environment, history, technology, and constructed notions of order in a world of chaos. He often synthesizes old and new forms that test the boundaries between art and artifact. As a self-described Indigenous Futurist, he believes art can become something sacred that embodies life through a multiplicity of being. Currently, Santiago X is reinvigorating indigenous mound-building via two public earth work installations along the Chicago and Des Plaines Rivers. This project marks the first time effigy earthworks will be constructed by Indigenous peoples in North America since the founding of the United States. Santiago X has exhibited internationally, including at Expo 2010 Shanghai, the Venice Biennale, and ArsElectronica in Linz, Austria.

Born 1982, Phoenix, USA; lives and works in Chicago, USA