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Carlos Motta: We The Enemy

Carlos Motta, Corpo Fechado: The Devil's Work, 2019
Thursday, January 23, 2020 to Saturday, March 14, 2020
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
Presented by: 
Institute of the Arts and Sciences
Sesnon Art Gallery

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz are pleased to present Carlos Motta: We The Enemy, the West Coast premiere solo exhibition by the internationally acclaimed artist. 

We The Enemy features recent works that question—and challenge—how productions of difference propel social oppression. With video installation, performance documentation, and works in other media, We The Enemy tracks the persecution of LGBTQIA+ individuals from colonialism in the Americas to current border politics and through the history of medical research and HIV/AIDS. We The Enemy documents these repressed histories to form a powerful record of rising resistance.

Carlos Motta: We The Enemy is free and open to the public. Gallery hours, directions, and parking info can be found here.

Carlos Motta (b. 1978) was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and lives and works in New York City. Motta has been the subject of survey exhibitions including at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia,  Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile, and Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden. His work is in the permanent collections of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona; and Museo de Arte de Banco de la República, Bogotá, among others.His solo exhibitions include Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2016); Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2016); PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2015); Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2013); New Museum, New York (2012); MoMA PS1, New York (2009); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009). Motta participated in 32 Bienal de São Paulo (2016); X Gwangju Biennale (2014); and X Lyon Biennale (2010). His films have been screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2016, 2010); Toronto International Film Festival (2013); and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2016); among others. Motta has been awarded the Vilcek Foundation's Prize for Creative Promise (2017); the PinchukArtCentre's Future Generation Art Prize (2014); and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008). 

To accompany We The Enemy, Carlos Motta and Rachel Nelson, IAS curator and interim director, have organized a 2-day symposium January 24, 2020 at UC Santa Cruz and January 25, 2020 at SFMOMA, where Motta also has work on display.*  Information about Bodies at the Borders is here.

*Carlos Motta’s new 4-channel video installation on LGBTQI Dreamers, We Got Each Other’s Back—Chapter 1: Narrative Shifter: A Portrait of Julio Salgado, is on view as part of Soft Power at SFMOMA October 26–February 17, 2020.

Collaborators and sponsors for Carlos Motta: We The Enemy and related events include SFMOMA, UCSC Center for Cultural Studies, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center, and the Arts Division. Carlos Motta: We The Enemy has been generously funded by the Nion McEvoy Family Fund, Rowland and Pat Rebele, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery.