CARLOS MOTTA: THE CROSSING | ITSLIQUID

CARLOS MOTTA: THE CROSSING

Art | January 4, 2018 |

CARLOS MOTTA: THE CROSSINGImage courtesy of The Stedelijk Museum

CARLOS MOTTA: THE CROSSING
The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam
From 16 September 2017 to 21 January 2018

 

The Stedelijk Museum presents Carlos Motta: The Crossing, a newly commissioned two-part installation of videos and objects by New York-based, Colombian artist Carlos Motta (1978, Bogota).

 

CARLOS MOTTA: THE CROSSINGImage courtesy of The Stedelijk Museum

 

In The Crossing, Carlos Motta presents video portraits of eleven LGBTQI refugees who speak about their experiences before, during and after the exodus from their homelands to the Netherlands. Their touching accounts demonstrate the challenges of living amid homophobia and transphobia, in cultures where repression and discrimination make the open expression of non-normative genders and sexualities practically impossible. The exclusion, intimidation and abuse experienced by these refugees also took place during their asylum seeking processes in Dutch refugee camps, where they were humiliated and bullied by other refugees and often failed to obtain the protection they sought from Dutch authorities.

 

CARLOS MOTTA: THE CROSSINGImage courtesy of The Stedelijk Museum

 

The Crossing’s subjects hail from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Morocco, Syria, and Pakistan. Directly addressing the camera in confessional style, they discuss their personal histories of persecution, their perilous sea and land crossings, and their encounters with Dutch refugee policies. The refugees narratives are defined by their need to escape war and political and social oppression, and particularly to escape the common and deep-rooted discrimination LGBTQ people continue to face throughout the world.

 

CARLOS MOTTA: THE CROSSINGImage courtesy of The Stedelijk Museum

 

Carlos Motta selected the interviewees with the help of the Amsterdam organisation Secret Garden, which campaigns to improve the life of LGBTQI refugees, supports their asylum applications, and helps them find their way in the Netherlands. The artist first met a larger group of refugees in Amsterdam in August 2016, and recorded the interviews with eleven refugees in an Amsterdam film studio in February 2017.

 

more. www.stedelijk.nl

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below






    RELATED POSTS


    SOULS OF VENICE

    Art | May 21, 2024

    "Anime di Venezia – Souls of Venice" is the new creation of Italian-American artist Lorenzo Quinn, which will be on display in Venice from 20th April to 15th September 2024, commemorating the 700th anniversary of Marco Polo’s death and coinciding with the 60th Art Biennale. Comprised of 15 statues made of a metallic mesh weave of thousands of links, the installation presents some of the most significant ‘Souls’ that have lived over the centuries of the Venetian Republic, traditionally known as La Serenissima. Read more


    SEEING FOREST: SINGAPORE PAVILION AT…

    Art | May 18, 2024

    As visitors enter Seeing Forest, they step into a mysterious, forested zone that exists both in the imagination and in Singapore. In this in-between space called the secondary forest - a threshold between old-growth or primary forest and developed areas, between urban and wild, invention and reality - artist Robert Zhao Renhui invites us to consider a complex web of human and non-human co-existence. Seeing Forest encourages visitors to explore the ways in which urban design can shape the natural world, and vice versa, resulting in a new ecosystem of migrant species that echoes the histories, trajectories and makeup of a city’s human population. Read more


    FEATURED ARTIST: YUXUAN GONG

    Art | May 14, 2024

    I am Yuxuan Gong, a spirited artist and fashion designer with dual roots in the vibrant landscapes of New York and London. My creative journey is a whimsical exploration, a dance that unfolds on the canvas of garments, bringing forth tangible expressions of identity. Read more


    MONGOLIAN PAVILION AT THE 60TH…

    Art | May 12, 2024

    The exhibition "Discovering the Present from the Future" by Ochirbold Ayurzana in the Mongolian Pavilion explores the profound levels of Read more


    Sign up for our Newsletter.

    Enter your email to receive our latest updates!