2501 Migrants: A Journey

2501 Migrants: A Journey

Tue, 10/08/2013 - 6:00pm

Pictured: Alejandro Santiago


Alejandro Santiago went home. What he found led him on an artist journey of local and global significance. Each day, thousands of primarily poor and young Mexicans abandon their native homes in search of jobs and the promise of a brighter economic future. In their wake, they leave behind the hollow footprints of a cultural and domestic abandonment. 2501 Migrants: A Journey, airing Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6 p.m. on WXXI World, explores questions of art and indigenous community in the context of global migration.

After more than a decade living abroad, Oaxacan artist Alejandro Santiago returned to his village, only to find a virtual ghost town of abandoned houses, empty streets and deserted farm fields. Santiago's sense of emptiness inspired him to search for answers through his art. In response, he created "2501 Migrants," a monumental installation art piece comprised of 2,501 life-size clay sculptures, with each statue symbolizing a migrant who left his village.