An enrolled member of the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana (Koasati) and Indigenous Chamorro from the Island of Guam U.S.A (Hacha’Maori), Santiago X, a self-described “Indigenous Futurist,” is contributing a large-scale installation to the Chicago Architecture Biennial, which runs from September 19, 2019 to January 5, 2020.
The Chicago-based artist is partnering with the American Indian Center of Chicago and Chicago Public Art Group to construct the installation to be featured at the Biennial’s primary venue, the Chicago Cultural Center. His creation will serve to express a vision to construct Indigenous future-scapes.
“Participating in this year’s Chicago Architecture Biennial is an incredible opportunity for me to contribute to the revitalization of indigenous landscapes throughout Chicago,” he says.
Santiago X joins more than 80 people and groups from over 20 countries contributing to the Biennial. The full list of contributors can be found here. This year’s theme, “…and other such stories,” asks participants to create projects that relate to land, memory, rights, and civic participation. “The Chicago contributors’ works for 2019 draw from their ongoing engagement with local communities working towards a more equitable architectural landscape in this city,” said Biennial executive director Todd Palmer.
The premise of Santiago X’s work as an Indigenous Futurist is using art to transcend representation. “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,” he states.
According to his website, Santiago X is currently reinvigorating Indigenous mound building via two public earthwork installations being constructed along the Chicago and Desplaines River in Chicago, Illinois.