Carlos Motta, ‘Attis, Beloved Martina series’, 2016, Mor Charpentier

From the series Beloved Martina

Beloved Martina is a series of ten small-scale sandstone 3D-printed sculptures modeled on Greco-Roman, 16thand 17thcentury statues of Hermaphroditus, the son of Hermes and Aphrodite, whose body merged with that of the water nymph Salmacis into an androgynous form.Two of the sculptures are modeled on late 19thand early 20thcentury black and white photographsandone by French photographer Nadar. The sculptures are of the enduring historical fascination with the intersex figure and the ways in which intersexbodieshavebeen subject to the classifying gaze

Provenance:The statuette, whose provenance and place of manufacture remain unknown, represents Attis, the Phrygian god in the service of Cybele, the Great Mother of the Gods, and was made in the first or second century AD. The god has the features of a young boy dancing and is dressed in oriental costume: a long-sleeved tunic made from a single piece of fabric, a belt above the abdomen, and"anaxyrides" (slashed breeches) fastened to the legs with small round buckles. The fabric of the garment is strewn with designs -croses, rosettes, quatrefoils, etc. -and incrusted with copper and silver. Originally, the boy will probably have been wearing a Phrygian cap, as seen in other representations of the god.

About Carlos Motta

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.”

Colombian, b. 1978, based in New York, NY, United States