Carlos Motta in collaboration with Tavia Nyong'o and other artists

Carlos Motta (b. 1978, Bogotá, Colombia) lives and works in New York, USA. Solo shows include Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands (2017); The Tanks, Tate Modern, London, UK (2013); and MoMA/PS1, New York, USA (2009). Group exhibitions include SFMOMA, San Francisco, USA (2019); MACBA – Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain (2014); and Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA (2014).

Motta’s multi-disciplinary art practice documents the social conditions and political struggles of sexual, gender and ethnic minority communities in order to challenge dominant and normative discourses through visibility and self-representation. As an historian of untold narratives and an archivist of repressed histories, Motta is committed to in-depth research on the struggles of post-colonial subjects and societies. His work manifests in a variety of mediums including video, installation, sculpture, drawing, web-based projects, performance, and symposia.

Tavia Nyong’o is Chair and Professor of Theater & Performance Studies, Professor of American Studies, and Professor of African-American Studies at Yale University. His current research interests span black queer cultural and performance studies, contemporary art and aesthetic theory, speculative genres, afrofuturism, and black sound studies. His books include The Amalgamation Waltz (2009) and Afro-Fabulations (2018). Nyong’o also writes for contemporary art and culture publications including Artforum, Texte Zur Kunst, Cabinet, n+1, and the LA Review of Books. In 2019, he curated Dark as the Door to a Dream at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. In 2017, he curated The Critical Matter of Performance at the New Museum for Contemporary Art, with Johanna Burton and Julia Bryant-Wilson.