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Carlos Motta in Conversation with Lia Gangitano

Americas Society

November 2, 2017
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This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

New York-based Colombian artist Carlos Motta, whose work revolves on the politics of sexual orientation and gender identity, will engage in a conversation with curator Lia Gangitano. They will discuss Motta’s artistic practice and recent projects and will focus on links between Motta’s and Brazilian José Leonilson's art, now on display at Americas Society. They will consider the continuing impact of HIV/AIDS on artists from the 1980s to the present. 

Learn about Americas Society's exhibition José Leonilson: Empty Man, on view September 27–February 3, 2018.

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Caption: Carlos Motta, Deseos /رغبات video still 2015 . Courtesy of P.P.O.W Gallery.


Carlos Motta is a multidisciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His work is known for its engagement with histories of queer culture and activism and for its insistence that the politics of sex and gender represent an opportunity to articulate definite positions against social and political injustice. 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; Museu Serralves, Porto; Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; Castello di Rivoli, Turin; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; San Francisco Art Institute; Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin; Witte de With, Rotterdam; Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City; and many other public, private and independent spaces throughout the world.

In 2001, Lia Gangitano founded PARTICIPANT INC, a nonprofit art space, presenting exhibitions by Virgil Marti, Charles Atlas, Kathe Burkhart, Michel Auder, Renée Green, and Greer Lankton, among others. As curator of Thread Waxing Space, NY, her exhibitions, screenings, and performances included Spectacular Optical (1998), Luther Price: Imitation of Life (1999), Børre Sæthre: Module for Mood (2000), and Sigalit Landau (2001). She is editor of Dead Flowers (2010) and the forthcoming anthology, The Alternative to What? Thread Waxing Space and the '90s. As associate curator, she cocurated Dress Codes (1993) and Boston School (1995) for The ICA, Boston, and edited New Histories (with Steven Nelson, 1997) and Boston School (1995). She has contributed to publications including Renée Green, Endless Dreams and Time-based Streams, Lovett/Codagnone, Whitney Biennial 2006-Day for Night, and 2012 Whitney Biennial on Charles Atlas. As curatorial advisor, her exhibitions at MoMA PS1 included Lutz Bacher, My Secret Life (2009). She currently teaches at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. She is a board member of Primary Information and Dirty Looks; advisory board member of the Outpost Cuts and Burns Residency Program and John Kelly Performance; and recipient of a Skowhegan Governors’ Award for Outstanding Service to Artists and the inaugural White Columns/Shoot the Lobster Award.