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“Gender Talents” launch with Carlos Motta and guests at New Museum, New York

May 3, 2015, NYC

Join Carlos Motta to celebrate the launch of “Gender Talents,” a web-based project by Motta that engages movements and discourses for gender self-determination within trans and intersex communities internationally. The event will feature a screening of selected video portraits drawn from the project as well as a conversation with Motta, legendary author Kate Bornstein, intersex activist and sex therapist Tiger Devore, queer studies scholar Tavia Nyong’o, artist Tara Mateik, and Johanna Burton, Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement, New Museum.

 

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Some press on Gender Talents

March 1, 2015, NYC

Carlos Motta Celebrates Gender Performance in Web-Based Project “Gender Talents”
by Alex Teplitzky, March 11, 2015
Creative Capital Blog

See Trans and Intersex Activists in Action
by Sebha Mohammad, March 20, 2015
flavorpill

In An Artists’ Video Project, Getting to Know Trans and Intersex Activists
by Benjamin Sutton, March 24, 2015
Hyperallergic

Gender Talents is Making You Rethink Everything You Thought You Knew About Gender
by Jacklyn Janeksela, March 26, 2015
Culture Designers

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Hips Don’t Lie, EVAKUIEREN—Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt

September 12, 2014, Frankfurt, Germany

With Aetschy, Roland Brammer, Fausto Israel, Merel Roozen, Emmilou Rößling and Marcus Schill

Developed in collaboration between Camilo Godoy and Carlos Motta, Hips Don’t Lie was a performative intervention on the streets of Frankfurt aimed at challenging public assumptions of gender roles by presenting a silent group choreography based on Shakira’s song “Hips Don’t Lie.” The piece rendered visible the ways in which binary gender norms define social interactions in public space and confronted the public with questions—abstract and concrete—about non-normative gender expressions.

Gender Talents — Screening at Das Lindenberg, Frankfurt

September 11, 2014, Frankfurt, Germany

Gender Talents: Guatemala, eleven video portraits of trans activists and sex workers affiliated with Red Multicultural de Mujeres Trans de Guatemala (REDMMUTRANS), an organization founded and led by trans women to advocate for transgender rights, was screened at Das Lindenberg as part of  EVAKUIEREN—Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt.

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Gender Talents: Sexual and Gender Dissidence and Political Practices from REDMMUTRANS, 19 Bienal de Arte Paiz, Guatemala City

June 5, 2014, Guatemala

With Galilea Bracho (REDMMUTRANS), Jorge Chavarría (artist), Ricardo García (UNAIDS), Carlos Motta (artist), Lic. Trinidad (Presidential Commission Against the Discrimination and Racism Against Indigenous People)  and Gabriela Tuch (Sexual Diversity Defender, Attorney General’s Office for Human Rights, Guatemala)

Gender Talents: Sexual and Gender Dissidence and Political Practices from REDMMUTRANS brought together Guatemalan trans activists, NGO and government agencies, and artists to discuss gender identity and sexual politics in Guatemala from the perspective of Red Multicultural de Mujeres Trans de Guatemala (REDMMUTRANS) an organization founded by trans women to support trans women of different cultural backgrounds, such as Maya, Garifuna, Xinca and mestizas, in a social, cultural and political context where they are discriminated for their gender identities and expressions, their ethnic and racial backgrounds, and because of their activities as sex workers. 

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Gender Talents — Exhibition at Proyectos Ultravioleta, Guatemala City

June 1, 2014, Guatemala

Gender Talents was an installation featuring eleven video portraits of trans activists and sex workers affiliated with Red Multicultural de Mujeres Trans de Guatemala (REDMMUTRANS), an organization founded and led by trans women to advocate for transgender rights.

Gender Talents: A Special Address — The Tanks, Tate Modern

February 2, 2013, London, UK

With Xabier ArakistainEsben Esther Pirelli BenestadGiuseppe CampuzanoJ. Jack HalberstamCarlos MottaBeatriz PreciadoDean SpadeTerre ThaemlitzWu Tsang and Tamsila Taquir from Safra ProjectDel LaGrace Volcano and Campbell X.

Gender Talents: A Special Address presented an international group of thinkers, activists and artists in a symposium that used the manifesto as a structure. These “special addresses” explored models and strategies that transform the ways in which society perversely defines and regulates bodies. The event asked what is at stake when collapsing, inverting or abandoning the gender binary. Here the relation between self-determination and solidarity in processes of systemic change form the foundation of a pragmatic exploration of ways of being ungoverned by normative gender.

The Movers — The Tanks, Tate Modern

February 2, 2013, London, UK

With Ingo Andersson – Wotever World, Jason Barker, Dan Daw, Simon Foxall, Fred Gehrig, Nia Hughes, Helka Kaski, Huai-Chih Liang, Vicky Malin, Malinda Mukuma, Carlos Maria Romero, Mickel Smithen and Ebony Rose Dark.

The Movers is a performance conceived in collaboration between Carlos Motta and choreographer Matthias Sperling. The work attends to movement as a means of exploring the connections between collective politics and a sense of the individual. Based on a choreographic score of performative tasks that engage thirteen performers in individual decision-making processes, The Movers abstractly asks how self-determination is both a deeply personal project and continuously negotiated in relation to others.