Carlos Motta

Visual Arts, 2012

Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inclusion of suppressed histories, communities, and identities. Motta’s work has been presented internationally at venues such as 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; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens; CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson; San Francisco Art Institute and Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin. Motta organized a symposium and performative event (with Matthias Sperling) co-commissioned by Electra and Tate Modern Film, which premiered in February 2013 at Tate Modern’s The Tanks in London. Motta is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program, was named a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow in 2008 and received grants from Art Matters in 2008, and NYSCA in 2010. He is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design, The School of Visual Arts, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, the International Center of Photography and The Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Awards and Accomplishments


Motta wins the Future Generation Art Prize


Motta's single-channel video Nefandus (2013) won the Hoteles Catalonia Award for best video at LOOP/Screen 2013 in Barcelona


Motta’s single-channel video Nefandus (2013) has International Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival's Wavelenghts Program


Motta receives Makers Muse Award from the Kindle Foundation