SANTIAGO X, (Koasati / Chamoru) in collaboration with multi-tribal Indigenous youth group, CHI-NATIONS, create a healing sovereign space inside of a cube, reclaiming and reactivating the Indigenous futurescape. Reclamation will take place on day one of SOVEREIGN, with an Indigenous architectural installation, drawing from regional wigwam and hut building practices. Reactivation will take place on day two, with multi-tribal gathering, songs of celebration, and a video installation inside of the dwelling.
Second Intervention in Nomadicube
Curated by Marianne Bernstein
SANTIAGO X, M.Arch, MFA is an Indigenous futurist and interdisciplinary 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 Nominee, an invited contributor in the upcoming Chicago Architecture Biennial, and a 2020 American Arts Incubator Art and Technology Fellow.
Currently, Santiago x is reinvigorating the ancestral moundbuilding practice of his Koasati people, via two large-scale augmented public earthwork installations being constructed along the Chicago and Des Plaines River in Chicago, Illinois. This is notably the first time effigy earthworks will be constructed by Indigenous peoples in North America since the founding of the United States, publicly opening on Indigenous Peoples Day, October, 14th 2019, as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.