Carlos Motta, ‘Our Chains (from We Who Feel Differently)’, 2012, ICI: Benefit Auction 2017

“Rather than flipping the table of history, Motta seeks in his poetic objects and social actions a redemption for all our stories…”
— Andrew Berardini, Art Review

Through his work, Carlos Motta creates counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His ongoing investigation We Who Feel Differently, takes the form of an online database documentary that addresses critical issues of contemporary queer culture, and a multi-part art project composed of illustrations, posters, installations, and more. Our Chains (2012) is a work of the same series, and also seeks to reclaim a queer “We” that values difference over sameness and embraces difference as a critical opportunity to construct a more socially just world.

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; among others.
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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