Desi Santiago is a Puerto Rican visual and performance artist based in New York City. Santiago’s work is inspired by the relationship between the subculture of the New York City nightlife scene and the fashion and fine arts worlds. His performance pieces similarly reflect this aesthetic theme, in their focus on the dual ritual of mourning and celebration. His large-scale installations often serve as a theatrical platform for his exploration of the body as “host” for experience and identity.
Santiago received an MFA from Bard College. His work has been exhibited at the Matthew Marks Gallery, MoMA PS1, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museé des Arts Decoratifs, Paris, and Art Basel Miami Beach.
For Anxious Spaces: Installation as Catalyst, nightlife subculture explorer Desi Santiago presented Mummy Procession, an installation and performance. Santiago created a massive fallen idol, an all-white mummy with mirror eyes and flowing hair. The decapitated head lay in Knockdown's great hall until the time of its grand procession came, at which point the ceremonial parade through the property began, costumed attendants following the ghostly head float in its wake.