CARLOS MOTTA PRESENTS FORMAS DE LIBERTAD AT MATUCANA 100 CULTURAL CENTER , IN CHILE
In conjunction with the Museum of Modern Art of Medellín (MAMM), the Centro Cultural Matucana 100 presents Formas de Libertad (Forms of Freedom), the exhibition of the Colombian artist Carlos Motta that opened on Tuesday 26 at the Gallery of Visual Arts M100, in Chile.
Motta's work has always been involved with stories of queer culture and activism, and tries, from there, to demonstrate that sex and gender policies represent an opportunity to articulate positions against social injustice. His work is inspired by political history, from which he fuses alternative narratives, which recognize ignored communities and identities.
Of an anthological nature, Formas de Libertad is a multi-format exhibition that represents a large part of the career of the prominent visual artist, Carlos Motta (Bogotá, 1978). The sample is developed along two main lines: the first, in which it investigates political-social events that have taken place in Colombia and Latin America, and the second, in which it gives voice to protagonists of minority (sexual) groups, giving account of problems derived from the dominant heteronorm.
The series Pesca Milagrosa (Miracle Fishing, 2004) takes the name that has been given to the extortions made on Colombian roads by the guerrilla groups. The artist collects 495 faces of people who disappeared during the 90s and distorts them digitally in order to call the attention over those victims without identity. Likewise, since 2005 Motta has registered the anonymous complaints of those who found in graffiti a way to express the inequalities and abuse of power of Latin American political leaders.
Meanwhile, La buena vida (The Good Life, 2005-2008) gathers over 360 interviews on processes of democratization and US interventionist policies made to passers-by in different countries of Latin America. Motta also reflects on the murdered political leaders and their peace speeches through the play Seis Actos (Six Acts).
The other focus that characterizes the work of Motta, seeks to expose the different ways of being of the communities called queer. His work has to do with sexual minorities, the defense of the recognition of their identities and the demand for inclusive policies. Autorretratos sin título (Self-portraits without title), Trilogía nefanda (Trilogy nefanda), Talentos de Género (Gender Talents), Formas de libertad (Forms of freedom), Hacia una historiografía homoerótica (Towards a homoerotic historiography), Mundo Invertido (Inverted World), Breve Historia (Brief History) and Nosotros que nos sentimos diferentes (We who feel different) are some of the pieces in which the artist delves from art into politics and through a historiographic and anthropological review.
Formas de Libertad comes to Chile after a joint work between M100 and MAMM and is the first international exhibition of 2018 of the Visual Arts Gallery of Matucana 100.