Carlos Motta, Artist

The Fall of The Damned (2022)

The Fall of the Damned
, Motta’s ongoing series of graphite drawings, explores the idea of mass-infection through the visual metaphor of the swarm. Featuring dense tangles of snakes, birds, hyenas, and humans, these works allegorize dehumanization as a social consequence of sickness and disease. These violent and erotic drawings are informed by art historical depictions of hell as well as human barbarism, commenting on inhuman tendencies across many cultures to stigmatize illness by conflating heath and morality.