Carlos Motta: The Nefandus Trilogy


Thursday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St.

Carlos Motta in person

Carlos Motta's practice draws upon various political histories in an attempt to articulate counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His 2013 “Nefandus Trilogy" (Nefandus, Shipwreck and The Defeated) is a haunting examination of pre-Hispanic homoeroticism and its brutal stigmatization during Europe’s colonization of the Americas. Motta accompanies the trilogy with excerpts from his ongoing Democracy Cycle, including We Who Feel Differently (2011), a database documentary that addresses critical issues of contemporary queer culture, and Gender Talents (in-progress), a multiplatform documentary on international trans and intersex activism.

2011–14, Colombia/Guatemala/India/Norway/Portugal/South Korea/USA, multiple formats, ca 60 min + discussion

In English, Spanish, Kogi, Norwegian, and Korean with English subtitles

Carlos Motta's (b. 1978, Bogotá, Colombia) work has been presented internationally in venues such as Tate Modern, London; New Museum, Guggenheim Museum, and MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República, Bogotá, Colombia; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin, Germany; and Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City. Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2006), was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2008), and was short-listed for the PinchukArtCentre's Future Generation Prize (2014). He is a member of faculty at both Parsons the New School of Design and the School of Visual Arts.