January 19, 2017

The Port: Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future extended until January 29

Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future, ranked as one of the top 15 exhibitions in America, has been extended. Motta will now be on view at Pérez Art Museum Miami until January 29th.

Small gold scluptures of people

 

“The viewer moves through a short hallway, flanked on either side by these small bodies, many of them recreations of indigenous objects destroyed during the conquests. Their size forces you to lean in close, to acknowledge them. In creating new histories, Motta’s committed the most radical act of all: raising a truth from the dead.” — Monica Uszerowicz, Hyperallergic

Attempting to provide counter narratives that shed light on the dynamics of contemporary forms of social oppression, Carlos Motta (b. 1978, Bogota, Colombia; lives in New York) is a multidisciplinary artist that explores the discourses of sexuality, gender, identity, and minority culture in his works to challenge dominant histories. 

In recent works, Motta has been investigating sexuality and eroticism in European and Indigenous cultures during the conquest and colonization of Latin America. These works present the nuances of homosexuality and gender in ethnic groups prior to the arrival of the Europeans, and how these local practices and roles changed after the establishment of Western doctrines. Motta’s works reconsider the conquest of the New World offering a new cartography that takes into account alternative histories.
 
Motta was in the number 8 slot in Hyperallergic’s list of the “Top 15 exhibitions across the United States” with Julio Le Parc: Form Into Action, coming in at number 3. Le Parc is on show until March 19th.