'The trajectory of my practice is an exploration of the human interface between our built environment, history, technology, our own self-relevance, and how we navigate this relationship to construct our notions of order, in an infinite world of chaos. As an Indigenous Futurist, I believe that art can transcend representation and become something sacred that embodies life itself, through a multiplicity of being our knowledge can be embedded into the landscape providing access for future generations of prosperity. My work directly engages the notions of a post-human world, but actualizes to activate the possibility of our own prosperity, by painting our self-constructed limitations and deconstructing them.'
SANTIAGO X, M.Arch, MFA is an Indigenous futurist and multidisciplinary artist specializing in land, architectural, and new media installation. He is an enrolled citizen of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (Koasati) and Indigenous Chamoru from the Island of Guam U.S.A (Hacha'Maori). Santiago x has exhibited and designed Internationally, including The World Expo in Shanghai, China, Venice Biennale in Venice, Italy and Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. He is a 2019 3Arts Award Winner, an invited contributor in the current Chicago Architecture Biennial, and a 2020 American Arts Incubator Art and Technology Fellow.
Currently, Santiago x is reinvigorating the ancestral mound building practice of his Koasati people, via two large-scale augmented public earthwork installations along the Chicago and Des Plaines River in Chicago, Illinois. This is notably the first time effigy earthworks have been constructed by Indigenous peoples in North America since the founding of the United States. POKTO ČINTO (Serpent Twin Mound) publicly opened on Indigenous Peoples Day, October, 14th 2019.