Carlos Motta, Artist

Brief History of U.S. Interventions (2006)

Large scale interactive blackboard mural


Installation views at Rotunda Gallery’s, “Exposure” exhibition in 2007

A Brief History of US Interventions presents an enormous chalkboard, on which is handwritten a brief genealogy of 163 U.S. interventions throughout the world from 1801 until 2006. At the end of the mural is a shelf with chalk and erasers, inviting the viewer to rewrite this history or insert addendums, rationales, excuses, etc. The work was conceived to evolve over time, with an incalculable set of potential outcomes. How much do we know and how much do we care to remember?