Carlos Motta, Artist

(2019) Dialogues: David Wojnarowicz and Carlos Motta (ARCO)

For Arco’s “Dialogues” (Madrid, 2019), P.P.O.W Gallery presented a two-person booth of works by David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992) and Carlos Motta (b. 1978), artists who embrace queer identities as a means of social and political critique. Featuring photography, painting, sculpture, and video, the booth presented works from 1978 to 2018 that explore complimentary strains in both artists’ practices, specifically self-portraiture and investigations of American aggression in Latin America. Marrying themes of mortality, performed identity and sexual alterity to discussions of Western imperialism, the booth saught to draw parallels between two important voices in contemporary art. Carlos Motta curated his work in conjunction with Wojnarowicz’s and has created a new series of self-portraits.

“Dialogues” was curated by Agustín Pérez Rubio and Catalina Lozano.