Attempting to provide counter narratives that shed light on the dynamics of contemporary forms of social oppression, Carlos Motta (b. 1978, Bogota, Colombia; lives in New York) is a multidisciplinary artist that explores the discourses of sexuality, gender, identity, and minority culture in his works to challenge dominant histories. At times working as an activist and educator, Motta also engages forms of social education in his works, producing symposia with thinkers, activists, and other artists interested in a particular topic. In recent works, Motta has been investigating sexuality and eroticism in European and Indigenous cultures during the conquest and colonization of Latin America. These works present the nuances of homosexuality and gender in ethnic groups prior to the arrival of the Europeans, and how these local practices and roles changed after the establishment of Western doctrines. Motta’s works reconsider the conquest of the New World offering a new cartography that takes into account alternative histories.
Carlos Motta graduated from the Whitney Independent Study Program in 2006, and was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2008. He has received several prestigious grants from entities such as Art Matters (2008), New York State Council on the Art (2010), and the Kindle Project (2012). His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at Tate Modern, London; Guggenheim Museum, New York; MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; and other venues. He was the recipient of the Pinchuk Art Centre, Future Generation Art Prize in 2014, and his single-channel video Nefandus (2013) won the Hoteles Catalonia Award for best video at the LOOP/Screen in Barcelona in 2013.
Highlights from the Exhibition
Artist Carlos Motta Revives Latin America's Queer Culture With "Histories for the Future" at PAMM
"The exhibit serves perfect examples of Motta's "aggressive, political approach," curator Maria Elena Ortiz explains, especially when it comes to uncovering and shedding light on the lingering effects of cultural colonialism in Latin America and the Caribbean."
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Nefandus: Colonial Sexual Alterity and Histories for the Future Symposium - Part ICarlos Motta Symposium - Part I
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Nefandus: Colonial Sexual Alterity and Histories for the Future Symposium - Part IICarlos Motta Symposium - Part II