Artist: Santiago X

Exchange: Brazil

Santiago X is an Indigenous futurist and multi-disciplinary 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 Italy, Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Art and Technology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a Master of Architecture from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado.

Currently, Santiago X is reinvigorating Indigenous mound building via two large-scale augmented public earthwork installations being constructed along the Chicago and Des Plaines River in Chicago, Illinois. This is the first time effigy earthworks will be constructed by Indigenous peoples in North America since the founding of the United States of America.

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