Exposies

Deseos

DE 23/01/2018 - 24/02/2018 A

 

(2018)

The Sala Antonio projection room and Vermelho present Deseos, a film by New York-based Colombian artist Carlos Motta, who now joins the cast of the gallery.

Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His work is known for its engagement with histories of queer culture and activism and for its insistence that the politics of sex and gender represent an opportunity to articulate definite positions against social and political injustice.

From January 23rd through February 24th, 2018

Deseos [Desire], 2015, exposes the ways in which medicine, law and religion shaped discourses of the gendered body through the narration of two stories: Martina’s, who lived in Colombia in the 19th century and was prosecuted for being a hermaphrodite, and Nour’s, who lived in Beirut during the Ottoman Empire and was forced to marry to her female lover’s brother.

Part documentary and part fiction, the film presents a correspondence between two women who faced the consequences of engaging in same sex relations and defying gender norms.

The screenplay for Deseos was written by Carlos Motta and Maya Mikdashi.

Deseos / رغبات was commissioned by Council, premiered at the Gothenburg International Biennial of Contemporary Art in September 2015 and has since screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam and other festivals.

About Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta was born in Bogotá, Colombia, in 1978 and lives in New York, USA, since 1996. Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His work is known for its engagement with histories of queer culture and activism and for its insistence that the politics of sex and gender represent an opportunity to articulate definite positions against social and political injustice.

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; Museu Serralves, Porto; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; San Francisco Art Institute; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; and many other public, private and independent spaces throughout the world.

In 2017 his solo exhibitions include Stedelijk Art Museum, Amsterdam, Frieze Projects London, Museo de Arte de la Universidad Nacional at Claustro de San Agustín, Bogotá, and Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín. In 2016 his solo exhibitions included: Histories of the Future, Pérez Art Museum (PAMM), Miami; REQUIEM, MALBA—Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires; Beloved Martina, Mercer Union, Toronto; Deviations, PPOW Gallery, New York; and the performance Mondo Invertito at Tenuta dello Scompiglio, Vorno. Motta also participated in Incerteza Viva: 32nd Bienal de São Paulo in 2016.
In 2017 Motta won The Vilcek Foundation’s Prize for Creative Promise and in 2014 the Main Prize—Future Generation Art Prize of the Pinchuk Art Centre. He has recently delivered talks and presentations at MoMA, Artists Space, New Museum, Frieze New York and Museo Jumex. In 2014 he delivered a keynote presentation during SF MoMA’s Visual Activism symposium in San Francisco. 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), was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2008), and received grants from Art Matters (2008), NYSCA (2010), Creative Capital Foundation and the Kindle Project (2012). He is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design.

FILM:
Carlos Motta – Deseos (Sala Antonio) - 32’37’’