Santillán’s work insinuates the existence of a territory where what is possible can be trespassed; where the invisible can be truthfully materialized, and where history is a speculative matter. It can be understood as an investigation of the margins of reality.
“Fiction here (in Santillán’s work) is employed as a tool, or a method, to transform reality into something, anything, else – especially that which it could not be according to other disciplines such as science or logics or economy or politics – by inscribing it in an alternate historical narrative (...). Its purpose is to offer glimpses of alternative possibilities and possible alternatives by altering our standard historiographies and, hence, broaden our roadmaps.” Timotheus Vermeulen and Robin van den Akker.
Santillan received a Sculpture MFA from VCU (US), and attended residencies at Delfina Foundation (UK), Jan van Eyck (NL), Skowhegan (US), Fondazione Ratti (IT), Davidoff AIR (DO), among others. His work has been displayed at Witte de With (NL), LACMA (US), MUAC (MX), Irish Museum of Modern Art (IE), IV Poligraphic Triennial (PR), Museo de Arte ‘Carrillo Gil’ (MX), STUK (BE), Fundación ODEON (CO), SECCA (US), Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain (FR), Nest (NL), Sala Miró Quesada (PE), FLORA ars+natura (CO), Bonnefanten Museum (NL), XIII Bienal de Cuenca (EC), Kröller-Müller Museum (NL), Bienal de Arte Paíz (GT), Voorlinden Museum (NL), among other venues. And, Santillan’s work has been the subject of articles, reviews, and interviews published on Frieze magazine, Art Pulse, Elephant, Art Nexus, Art Monthly, Exibart, Metropolis M, among others.
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Zaratán, solo show within ParaFictions, curated by Natasha Hoare, Witte de With Art Center(Rotterdam, NL) / Afterword, solo presentation, ARCO Solo Projects, represented by NoMINIMO, EC (Madrid, ES) / Naturally Obscure, Passerelle Contemporary Art Center (Brest, FR) / Liste, represented by NoMINIMO, EC (Basel, CH) / Nature Based, Museum Kröller-Müller (Otterlo, NL) / XIII Bienal de Cuenca, curated by Dan Cameron (EC) / Hawapi, Sala Miró Quesada (Lima, PE) / Art Rotterdam, represented by Galleria Mazzoli, IT (Rotterdam, NL)