Artist Projects

Gender Talents

Carlos Motta

Gender Talents is an archive of documentary video portraits and a platform for events that engages discourses and movements for gender self-determination within trans and intersex communities. The project presents portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social and political opportunity rather than as a social condemnation. Based on interviews conducted in Colombia, Guatemala, India and the United States, the project seeks to expose the ways that international activists challenge the bio-cultural “foundations” of society and question gender norms from the perspective of sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and disability. Gender Talents documents the ways in which society conditions and regulates bodies and how gender activists build politics of resistance and action. From traditional Joggapa communities in India, to sex workers in Colombia and Guatemala, to intersex activists in the United States, these individuals and communities fight for state recognition, the right to self-determine their identities, self-govern their bodies, access to work, health benefits and other pressing issues.

Project Updates

  • 2014: Gender Talents website is live

  • 2013: Motta presents elements of Gender Talents at the Tate Modern

  • 2012: Motta exhibits an iteration of Gender Talents in We Who Feel Differently at the New Museum in New York

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    Carlos Motta

    Carlos Motta is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work draws upon political history in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize the inc…


  • Events

    Jul 15 – Jan 15, 2017
    Carlos Motta presents "Histories for the Future" at PAMM

    May 03 – May 03, 2015
    “Gender Talents” launch with Carlos Motta and guests at New Museum

    Feb 02 – Feb 02, 2013
    Carlos Motta presents part of his CC project in "Gender Talents: A Special Address" at the Tate Modern, London

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  • Project News

    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"

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