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P·P·O·W is pleased to present a two-person booth of works by David Wojnarowicz (1954 – 1992) and Carlos Motta (b. 1978), artists who embrace queer identities as a means of social and political critique. Featuring photography, painting, sculpture, and video, our booth will present works from 1978 to 2018 that explore complementary strains in both artists’ practices, specifically self-portraiture and investigations of American aggression in Latin America. Marrying themes of mortality, performed identity, and sexual alterity to discussions of Western imperialism, our booth seeks to draw parallels between two important voices in contemporary art. For ARCO Madrid 2019, Carlos Motta curated his work in conjunction with Wojnarowicz’s and has created a new series of self-portraits.

Carlos Motta
Self-Portrait with Death # 1, 1996/2018
archival inkjet print
30 x 45 ins.
76.2 x 114.3 cm

Carlos Motta
Self-Portrait with Death # 1, 1996/2018
archival inkjet print
30 x 45 ins.
76.2 x 114.3 cm

Carlos Motta was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lives and works in New York City. He received his MFA from Bard College (2003) and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program (2006). His work was the subject of survey exhibitions including Carlos Motta: Formas de libertad at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia (2017) Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2018), and Carlos Motta: For Democracy There Must Be Love, Röda Sten Konsthall, Gothenburg, Sweden (2015). His work was recently acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Barcelona; and Museo de Arte de Banco de la República, Bogotá, among others. Motta has been awarded the Vilcek Foundation’s Prize for Creative Promise (2017); the PinchukArtCentre’s Future Generation Art Prize (2014); and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2008). Motta’s second solo exhibition with P·P·O·W will open in April 2019.

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (Face in Dirt), 1991/2018
signed by Gary Schneider, and stamped by the Estate of David Wojnarowicz, verso
pigmented ink print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
sheet: 16 x 20 ins. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
image: 12 3/8 x 12 3/4 ins. (31.5 x 32.4 cm)

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (Face in Dirt), 1991/2018
signed by Gary Schneider, and stamped by the Estate of David Wojnarowicz, verso
pigmented ink print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
sheet: 16 x 20 ins. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
image: 12 3/8 x 12 3/4 ins. (31.5 x 32.4 cm)

David Wojnarowicz was born in Red Bank, NJ and died in New York City. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions around the world at institutions such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The American Center, Paris, France; The Busan Museum of Modern Art, Korea; Centro Galego de Art Contemporanea, Santiago de Compostela, Spain; The Barbican Art Gallery, London; and the Museum Ludwig, Cologne. His work is in the permanent collections of major museums nationally and internationally and his life and work have been the subject of significant scholarly studies. Wojnarowicz has had retrospectives at the galleries of the Illinois State University (1990) and at the New Museum, New York (1999). A third retrospective, David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night, co-curated by David Kiehl and David Breslin, opened at the Whitney Museum of American Art in July 2018 and will travel to the Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid in May 2019, and the Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg City in November 2019. A concurrent exhibition of Wojnarowicz’s films and photographs will open at the Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin in February 2019.

Exhibited Works

Exhibited Works Thumbnails
Carlos Motta Inverted World, 2016

Carlos Motta
Inverted World, 2016
single channel HD video, with sound
7:30 minutes
Edition of 5

Carlos Motta Untitled Self-Portrait, 1998/2018

Carlos Motta
Untitled Self-Portrait, 1998/2018
archival inkjet print
24 x 20 ins.
61 x 50.8 cm

Carlos Motta Untitled Self-Portrait, 2019

Carlos Motta
Untitled Self-Portrait, 2019
archival inkjet print
45 x 30 ins.
114.3 x 76.2 cm

Carlos Motta Untitled (after David Wojnarowicz’s Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), 2018

Carlos Motta
Untitled (after David Wojnarowicz’s Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), 2018
digital C-print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), August 1980

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), August 1980
Color photograph
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (Study for blindfolded series), c. 1981-82

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (Study for blindfolded series), c. 1981-82
Polacolor photograph, shot by Peter Hujar
3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

David Wojnarowicz Quiet Valley El Salvador, 1982

David Wojnarowicz
Quiet Valley El Salvador, 1982
spraypaint on masonite
48 x 48 in.
121.92 x 121.92 cm

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79
vintage silver print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (with gun in west side pier warehouse), 1978-79

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (with gun in west side pier warehouse), 1978-79
vintage silver print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

Carlos Motta Inverted World, 2016

Carlos Motta
Inverted World, 2016
single channel HD video, with sound
7:30 minutes
Edition of 5

Carlos Motta Untitled Self-Portrait, 1998/2018

Carlos Motta
Untitled Self-Portrait, 1998/2018
archival inkjet print
24 x 20 ins.
61 x 50.8 cm

Carlos Motta Untitled Self-Portrait, 2019

Carlos Motta
Untitled Self-Portrait, 2019
archival inkjet print
45 x 30 ins.
114.3 x 76.2 cm

Carlos Motta Untitled (after David Wojnarowicz’s Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), 2018

Carlos Motta
Untitled (after David Wojnarowicz’s Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), 2018
digital C-print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), August 1980

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (study for "I Use Maps Because I Don't Know How to Paint", 1984), August 1980
Color photograph
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Untitled (Study for blindfolded series), c. 1981-82

David Wojnarowicz
Untitled (Study for blindfolded series), c. 1981-82
Polacolor photograph, shot by Peter Hujar
3 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches

David Wojnarowicz Quiet Valley El Salvador, 1982

David Wojnarowicz
Quiet Valley El Salvador, 1982
spraypaint on masonite
48 x 48 in.
121.92 x 121.92 cm

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (Diner), 1978-79
vintage silver print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

David Wojnarowicz Arthur Rimbaud in New York (with gun in west side pier warehouse), 1978-79

David Wojnarowicz
Arthur Rimbaud in New York (with gun in west side pier warehouse), 1978-79
vintage silver print
8 x 10 ins.
20.3 x 25.4 cm

Installation Views

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