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 a brief genealogy of 163 US interventions throughout the world from 1801 until 2006 is handwritten. On one side 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. The work asks: How much do we know and how much do we care to remember?