Carlos Motta studied at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York, the city where he still lives and works. In his photographs, videos and installations, which he considers ‘social sculptures’, he explores and denounces the social and cultural injustices perpetrated against minority communities and identities, both historical and from his own contemporary experience. In particular, he is interested in the impositions placed on queer culture and homoeroticism, which he often links to historical European colonialism in South America.
Since 2000, his work has been shown in major venues such as the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2008); Baltic Art Center, Sweden (2009); MoMA / PS1, New York (2009); New Museum, New York (2012); Tate Modern, London (2013); Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia (2017); and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017). His work is in collections such as the Art Institute of Chicago; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museu Fundação Serralves, Porto; and MACBA, Barcelona, among many others.