Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta

“Of course it is important to tell people’s stories, but who is actually benefiting by projecting a film in a museum and what is this discourse actually doing for communities at stake?”
—Carlos Motta, interviewed by Hilarie M. Sheets in The New York Times

Carlos Motta’s (b. 1978, Colombia) multi-disciplinary art practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender, and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge dominant and normative discourses through visibility and self-representation. As a historian of untold narratives and an archivist of repressed histories, Motta is committed to in-depth research on the struggles of post-colonial subjects and societies. His work manifests in a variety of mediums including video, installation, sculpture, drawing, web-based projects, performance, and symposia.

His work was the subject of the survey exhibitions Carlos Motta: Formas de libertad at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín (MAMM), Colombia (2017) that traveled to Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2018); and Carlos Motta: For Democracy There Must Be Love, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015). His solo exhibitions at international museums include, The Crossing (2017), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; Histories for the Future (2016), Pérez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami; Réquiem (2016), Museo de Arte Latinoamericano the Buenos Aires (MALBA) (2016); Pariots, Citizens, Lovers (2015), PinchukArtCentre, Kiev; Gender Talents (2013), Tate Modern, London; La forma de la libertad (2013), Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico; We Who Feel Differently (2012), New Museum, New York; Brief History (2009), MoMA/PS1, New York; and The Good Life (2008), Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia; among others.

In 2020, Motta will participate in the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art; and will have solo exhibitions at Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery—University of California Santa Cruz, and at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA).

Motta participated in Incerteza Viva: 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016); A Story Within A Story: Göteborg International Biennial of Contemporary Art (2015); Burning Down the House: X Gwangju Biennale (2014); and Le spectacle du quotidian: X Lyon Biennale (2010). His films have been screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2016, 2010); Toronto International Film Festival (2013); and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2016); among many others.

Motta’s recent solo exhibitions include Conatus at P.P.O.W. Gallery, New York; and We The Enemy at Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2019) and Mary Porter Sesnon Gallery, University of California Santa Cruz (2020); and participated in groups exhibitions at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Boston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMoMA); and Migros Museum, Zürich; among others. His exhibition We Got Each Other’s Back will open at Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) in November 2020.

Carlos Motta’s first 20-year career monograph Carlos Motta: History’s Backrooms was published by SKIRA in June 2020.

Motta won the Vilcek Foundation’s Prize for Creative Promise (2017); the PinchukArtCentre’s Future Generation Art Prize (2014); and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008). He has recently delivered talks and presentations at MIT List Center, MoMA, Artists Space, New Museum, Frieze New York; Museo Jumex; and SF MoMA. Motta guest edited the e-flux journal April 2013 issue, “(im)practical (im)possibilities” on contemporary queer art and culture.

Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2006); and received grants from Art Matters (2008), NYSCA (2010), Creative Capital Foundation; and the Kindle Project (2012).

Carlos Motta’s work is in the permanent collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona; Museu Fundaçao Serralves, Porto; and Museo de Arte de Banco de la República, Bogotá; among many other institutional, corporate and private collections around the world.

Motta was appointed tenure-track Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Practice at Pratt Institute’s Fine Arts Department in 2019.

Carlos Motta’s unique, virtual private studio visit will run approximately 1 hour. The visit will consist of the following:

Teleconference into Motta’s studio. He will discuss his work, such as upcoming, current and past exhibitions and projects, and some influences related to his artistic practice, conceptual framework and process.

You might view some documentation, videos, readings, or do some remote desktop sharing related to his work or ongoing research. Take a look at his workspace and perhaps even some works in progress.

For virtual visits, after selecting an available date and time, and upon your Booking Request being accepted by the artist, you will receive an email with a unique link to Google Meet, Skype or Zoom where Carlos Motta will be hosting his live virtual studio visit with you.

Cancellation policy – Any studio visit can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the studio visit starts.

Please note, Booking Requests may take up to 48 hours for confirmation by the artist. Your payment will not be taken until your Booking Request is confirmed. If you would like to make a Booking that will take place within 48 hours, you may do so however it is at the discretion of the artist to confirm in time.

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