Carlos Motta, ‘Sleeping Hermaphroditus, Beloved Martina ’, 2016, Mor Charpentier

Provenance Sleeping Hermaphroditus: Discovered in Rome near the Baths of Diocletian in 1608, this statue was one of the most admired masterpieces of the Borghese Collection in the 17th and 18th centuries. In 1619, Cardinal Scipione Borghese commissioned the Baroque Italian sculptor Bernini to carve the mattress on which the ancient marble now lies. In the same year, David Larique worked on the restoration of the figure of Hermaphroditos. The work came to the Louvre after it had been bought, together with the rest of the Borghese Collection, by Napoleon I from his brother-in-law, Prince Camillo Borghese. Although the figure of Hermaphroditos in the Louvre is the best known, three other versions of the ancient statue have sometimes been compared with it: that of Velletri (also in the Louvre), that in the Uffizi in Florence, and a third version in the Villa Borghese in Rome

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