Carlos Motta: We The Enemy
Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
January 23-March 14, 2020
Opening Reception, January 23, 5—7 p.m.
Location: Sesnon Art Gallery, Porter College
UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) and Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery are pleased to present Carlos Motta: We The Enemy, the first West Coast solo exhibition of artworks by the internationally acclaimed artist. Carlos Motta (b.1978, Columbia; lives in New York) works across media in installation, film, photography, and sculpture to trace connections between current political crises and repressive notions of gender and sexuality.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Motta and Rachel Nelson, IAS curator and interim director, have organized a 2-day symposium “Bodies at the Borders.” Taking place January 24, 2020 at UC Santa Cruz and January 25, 2020 at SFMOMA, where Motta also has work also on display,* “Bodies at the Borders” brings together scholars, activists, artists, filmmakers, and poets to engage the politics of borders as they intersect with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, and race.
Bodies at the Borders Symposium
Co-organized by Carlos Motta and Rachel Nelson
Full schedule of events
Bodies at the Borders is a two-day symposium addressing the politics of borders as they intersect with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity and race. With film screenings, poetry readings, performances and panel discussions, the symposium accompanies installations by Carlos Motta on view at SFMOMA and UC Santa Cruz.
The symposium, produced by Motta in collaboration with Rachel Nelson, UCSC Institute of the Arts and Sciences, will feature performances by Rafa Esparza and Demian DinéYazhi´, film screenings of 4 Waters: Deep Implicancy by Denise Ferreira da Silva and Arjuna Neuman and Deseos by Carlos Motta, and a keynote presentation by Julio Salgado, among other speakers. Bodies at the Borders brings together artists, activists, poets and scholars to confront the histories and presents of migration and the production of borders as sites of inclusion and exclusion.
January 24, 9:30 a.m.—6 p.m.
at UC Santa Cruz, Digital Arts Research Center 108
January 25, 9:30 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
at SFMOMA, Phyllis Wattis Theatre