Carlos Motta
February - April, 2013


Carlos Motta: I have been studying texts and speeches by Spanish and Portuguese priests from the 15th century who attempted to protect indigenous populations from the destructive forces of the Spanish and Portuguese Crowns in complicity with the Catholic Church (de las Casas, Montesinos, Vieira...).

I am investigating how these priests may have influenced liberation theologians and how their discourse may be seen as an early example of progressive politics concerned with social justice. I am researching the time of the Conquest to produce a video work that reflects on these issues. Union's library and Professors are a valuable component of the project.

In addition, I will be convening a one-day symposium in the late spring with theologians, artists, academicians, and others to discuss queer and feminist theologies.

Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to suggest counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities.

Motta’s work has been presented internationally in venues such as Tate Modern, London; The New Museum, The Guggenheim Museum and MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá; Serralves Museum, Porto; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; San Francisco Art Institute and Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; among many others.

In 2015, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg presented a survey exhibition of Carlos Motta’s work. In 2015 he also had solo exhibitions at Mor Charpentier Galerie, Paris and PinchukArtCentre, Kiev. In 2016 he will have solo exhibitions at Perez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami; Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen; MALBA, Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Mercer Union, Toronto; and PPOW Gallery, New York.

Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program. Motta won the Main Prize—Future Generation Art Prize of the PinchukArtCentre in 2014, he was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2008, and received grants from Art Matters in 2008, NYSCA in 2010, and the Creative Capital Foundation in 2012.
Motta is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design.