Alejandro Santiago

Teococuilco, Oaxaca, 1964 - Mexico, 2013

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Since the early eighties of the twentieth century, significant emigration of Oaxacan workers was aimed at the United States, especially California. Alejandro Santiago had also left his people to make a living. After a long stay in Europe, he returned to Teococuilco with a moving van from which took down a hundred paintings, as the artist with all the energy back to work there. Struck six o'clock, the driver and the loaders said good bye, and Alexander realized that no one, family or friends, had come to visit him. As a lady, Nan Lifonce, appeared in the evening and said in his booming voice: "I'm glad you've arrived, because look how is all this." The place was empty. Struck eight and only the sound of the air were heard among the trees. That came up with the idea. Alexander thought about buying a chainsaw to cut logs, make noise around the village and plant wooden puppets here and there. The absence could be averted with the arrival of tens, hundreds of effigies of migrants who would take their place. A few days later, a friend who seconded her idea gave him a ticket to fly to Tijuana: had to try firsthand what it is like wet border. It was by plane, that was their last privilege. Arrive by air Tijuana is like give a score to the border fence, since the airport is right on the edge, and aircraft paint a twist on American territory to land, flying empty hills on the north side of the fence, miserable hamlets of south side. The first thing Alejandro Santiago saw out of the airport was the overwhelming installation of two thousand crosses which are attached to the fence along the avenue leading to the city, and enshrining the fate two thousand migrants died in their attempt by crossing over. Hence the number of pieces he would make was configured, 2501: two thousand five hundred would represent the citizens who have migrated Teococuilco plus a migrant corresponding to the next, provided next to go. Provided with false documents who provided some coyotes, after a first attempt the artist illegally entered the United States through Otay Mesa. "Wet-he tells me is like a naked, is the uncertain future, no looking back, no looking forward. Along the border, the migrant talk. Though others listen, all we hear only themselves. Could I go, I can go, I can do this? Migrant talk exposing his word that no one will listen. " Living as illegal, Alejandro Santiago was in Oceanside, San Diego and a half months in San Francisco. His plan was to return to Oaxaca sculptures migrants mud. The lead his people. The pantheon would, in church, on the sidewalks, in yards, in front of houses where needed absent, those who return and those who will not return (Source:. "Alejandro Santiago: Convene absent" by Jaime Moreno Villarreal, 2501 Migrants, Museum of Contemporary Art of Oaxaca)


Alejandro Santiago Main Solo Exhibitions


1985 Galeria El Sol y La Luna, Oaxaca

1986 Galeria La Libreria de la Calzada, Morelia, Michoacan

1988 Galeria Pacifico, Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco

1988 Galeria Arte de Oaxaca, Oaxaca

1989 Galeria la Mano Magica, Oaxaca

1992 Obra reciente, Galeria Quetzalli, Oaxaca

1993 Florencia Riesta, Mexico City

1994 "Alejandro Santiago -Recent Works", Bond Latin Gallery, San Francisco, California

1994 Galeria Baudoin Lebon, Paris

1995 Galería Baudoin Lebon, París

1997 Das Reich der Farben, Museum für Völkerkunde, Hamburg, Germany

1998 Galeria Emma Molina, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

1998 Primitive Abstract, Bond Latin Gallery, San Francisco, California

2000 Reencuentros, Galeria Quetzalli, Oaxaca

2001 Bond Latin Gallery, San Francisco, California

2002 Inauguracion Casa de Oficios Santiago Suchilquitongo, Etla, Oaxaca

2002 Bond Latin Gallery, San Francisco, California

2002 Galeria Talento Mexicano, Mexico City

2003 Galeria Baudoin Lebon, Paris

2003 Galeria Los Mexicanos, Hamburg, Germany

2004 "Alejandro Santiago, Frontera Norte", Galeria Indigo, Valle de Bravo, Estado de Mexico

2005 "Alejandro Santiago: Fragmentos", Museo Casa Diego Rivera, Guanajuato

2005 "Obra Reciente", Casa Lamm, Mexico City

2006 "Alejandro Santiago: 2501 Migrantes", Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca

2006 Bond Latin Gallery, San Francisco, California

2007 "Alejandro Santiago: 2501 Migrantes", Fundacion Monterrey 2007 A.C., Monterrey N.L.

2008 Juchitan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca

2009 Centro de las Artes San Agustin, Etla, Oaxaca

2010 Independencia, ¿de quien?, Galeria Ethra, Mexico City

2011 "Alejandro Santiago: Familias Migrantes", Plaza Juarez de la Ciudad de Mexico.

2011 "Alejandro Santiago: Familias Migrantes", calles del andador turistico del Centro Historico de Oaxaca

2012 Galeria de Arte del Complejo Cultural Universitario, Benemerita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla.

2016 Alejandro Santiago, Museo de los Pintores Oaxaqueños (MUPO), Oaxaca.

2016 Alejandro Santiago, Alejandro Santiago Esculturas en el Museo Tamayo, Museo de Arte Prehispanico de Mexico Rufino Tamayo, Oaxaca.