Santiago Elordi


Santiago Elordi (1960), Chilean, is a versatile, rather unclassifiable writer. He has lived a wandering life, and as well as a writer, he has been a translator, a hotel doorman, a miner, a documentary filmmaker, and a diplomat. In 1990 he founded Noreste, a newspaper made up of invented news that, under the motto "La Vida Peligrosa" [The dangerous life], became a cultural reference point for a whole generation during Chile's repressive military dictatorship. In 1997 he received a residency grant in New York, and there he formed close relationships with poets and artists of various schools. In 2005, along with the painter Kate Macdonald, he set off on a 4,000-mile journey through the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil, following the route of the explorer Percy Fawcett, who was lost on an expedition more than a century before. The journey was recorded in the documentary Punto Z. In 2010 he cofounded Visual Public Service (VPS), a public intervention collective. Santiago Elordi's poetry, as much as his fiction, his documentaries, and his more social art, demonstrate emphatically the lack of borders between genres, exploring the possibility of art as a way of life. He currently lives in London, England.


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