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Carlos Motta (b. 1978)

Colombian, b. 1978

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Carlos Motta (b. 1978)

Colombian, b. 1978

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Carlos Motta is known for using multiple mediums, often several in combination, to investigate social and cultural injustices—particularly surrounding marginalized communities. Motta, who considers his installations “social sculptures”, aims to look beyond individual identity issues to explore group or communal politics. His recent project We Who Feel Differently (2011)—a documentary database of issues in queer culture around the world—was presented as an online platform, a book, an installation, and a series of performances. This was the last part of a five-year project he called “The Democracy Cycle,” for which he gathered different meanings of the term “democracy.” Motta wants his works to have a common message: “I can see the world in a way that you can’t, and the way that I see it is actually really great so you should come on the ride with me.”

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 4 more
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Artforum, and 1 more
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Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 2 more
Biography

Carlos Motta is known for using multiple mediums, often several in combination, to investigate social and cultural injustices—particularly surrounding marginalized communities. Motta, who considers his installations “social sculptures”, aims to look beyond individual identity issues to explore group or communal politics. His recent project We Who Feel Differently (2011)—a documentary database of issues in queer culture around the world—was presented as an online platform, a book, an installation, and a series of performances. This was the last part of a five-year project he called “The Democracy Cycle,” for which he gathered different meanings of the term “democracy.” Motta wants his works to have a common message: “I can see the world in a way that you can’t, and the way that I see it is actually really great so you should come on the ride with me.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Bienal de Sao Paulo, and 2 more
Articles Featuring Carlos Motta (b. 1978)
SP-Arte’s New Section Celebrates a Burgeoning Brazilian Design Scene Rooted in History
Feb 22nd, 2016
SP-Arte’s New Section Celebrates a Burgeoning Brazilian Design Scene Rooted in History
2014’s Prize-Winning Artists
Jan 19th, 2015
2014’s Prize-Winning Artists
Carlos Motta & Nástio Mosquito Announced As Winners of the 2014 Future Generation Art Prize
Dec 6th, 2014
Carlos Motta & Nástio Mosquito Announced As Winners of the 2014 Future Generation Art Prize
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