Born in Bogotá, Colombia, 1978
Lives and works in New York, NY



Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, 2005-06
Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College, MFA, 2003
School of Visual Arts, BFA in Photography, 2001



Guggenheim Fellowship, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, New York,USA
Finishing Funds, Experimental Television Center, New York, USA
New Commissions Program Award, Art in General, New York, USA
Studio Residency, Smack Mellon, New York, USA
Special Editions Residency, Lower East Side Printshop, New York, USA

Grant, Art Matters Foundation, New York, USA
Residency, International Artists Studio Program in Sweden (IASPIS), Stockholm, Sweden
Swing Space Program, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, USA
Grant, DaNY Arts Grant (with Ditte Lyngkaer Pedersen, Jeuno J.E Kim and Lize Mogel), Danish Arts Council, Aarhus, Denmark

Subvention Grant, Cisneros Fontanals Foundation (CIFO), Miami, Fl, USA
Next Exhibition Award, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA

Fellowship, Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, New York 2005/6
Workspace Grant for Emerging Artists, Center for Book Arts, New York, USA 2005
Workspace Program Residency, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, USA 2004
Fellowship, Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, New York, USA 2001/02/03
Rhodes Family Award for Exceptional Achievement in Photography, New York, USA 2001



Konsthall C, Stockholm, Sweden Art in General, New York, USA
ICA: Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, USA

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, USA Winkleman Gallery, New York, USA

rum46, Aarhus, Denmark Kevin Bruk Gallery at bâleLatina,Basel, Switzerland
Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, USA

Alliance Française, Bogotá, Colombia, 2004
Alonso Garcés Galería, Bogotá, Colombia, 2004
Kevin Bruk Gallery, Miami, Fl, USA, 2004
La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, 2002



The Greenroom, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, USA (Curated by Maria Lind and Hito Steyer)
Convergence Center, Democracy in America, Creative Time at Park Avenue Armory, New York, NY, USA (Curated by Nato Thompson)
Soft Manipulation, Casino Luxemburg, curated by Maria Lind, Enrico Lunghi, and Eric Zoran.
Urban Concerns, Johannesburg Art Gallery, South Africa, curated by Michelle Harris and Veronica Wiman Centrum for fotografi, Stockholm, Sweden
Wild Horses, Art Space Diffusion138, Department of History of Art, University of Grenoble, France, curated by Nicolas Audureau

Cisneros Fontanals Foundation at ArteAmericas, Miami, Fl, curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill
Festival International d'Art Video de Casablanca, Casablanca, Morocco
UNMASKED: A Marathon of Artist's Film and Videos Contesting Systems of Rule, New Museum, New York, Co-organized by Carlos Motta and Elise Youn
TROUBLEMAKERS, Magazzini del Salle- Punta della Dogana, Venice, Italy,Curated by Marco Baravalle
Night School, New Museum, New York, NY, a project by Anton Vidokle
In The Private Eye, ISE Foundation, New York, NY, Curated by Yaelle Amir

OPEN HOUSE WITH OPEN STUDIOS, IASPIS, Stockholm, Sweden,,Filtered by Cecilia Widenheim and Marti Manen
INFINITU ET CONTINI, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, Curated by Denise Carvalho
Timeline: Human Speed and Technology Speed Korea Cultural Service China, Hong Kong, Curated by Jeeyun Kim
EXPOSURE, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, USA, Curated by Patrick Grenier
Unmarked Categories, K2, Turkey, organized by Elmas Deniz
Quote Unquote, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Yaelle Amir
CHALLENGERS!, art-e-conomy selected video screening, Laboratorio
Occupato Morion, Venice,Italy, curated by Marko Stamenkovic
Carte Blanche á Heure Exquise!, International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Germany
Symbiotic/Synergy: Selections from The Center for Book Arts Community, Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts, Chicago, USA, curated by Alex Campos
In Someone Else's Skin, CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY curated by Rebeca Noriega
Oog-Eye, Foam Fotografie Museum Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Recorridos y Video Proyecciones Durante ARCO, ArtBus, Madrid, Spain
System Error: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, Palazzo delle Papesse, Siena, Italy, curated by Lorenzo Fusi and Naeem Mohaiemen (Catalog)

Estrecho Dudoso, TEOR/éTica, San José, Costa Rica, curated by Virginia Pérez Ratton and Tamara Díaz Bringas (Catalog)
Festival des Cinémas Différents de Paris, (screening), Centre Culturel La Clef, Paris, France
Estudio Abierto, Palacio de Correos, Buenos Aires, Argentina
10 Defining Experiments: cifo 2006 Grant Program Recipients, Cisneros
Fontanals Art Foundation (cifo), Miami, Florida (Catalog)
Manifesta 6 School, Nicosia, Cyprus, curated by Mai Abu ElDehab,Anton
Vidokle and Florian Waldvogel (Cancelled)
Prevailing Climate, (screening), Sara Meltzer Gallery, New York, curated by Rachel Gugelberger and Jeffrey Walkowiak
3 Biennale Adriatica di Arti Nuove, San Benedetto del Tronto, Italy, curated by Antonio Arévalo (Catalog)
Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program Exhibition, Chelsea Museum, New York
El Museo's 4th Bienal: The (S) Files, Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico (Catalog)
4ème Festival international du Cinéma iranien en Exil, (Screening), Paris, France
When Artists Say We, Artists Space, New York, organized by Andrea Geyer and Christian Rattemeyer
Bzzzz, Fundacion Cu4rto Nivel Arte Contemporaneo, Bogota, Colombia, curated by Jaime Cerón
Russia: Significant Other, Institute for Contemporary Art at the Anna Akhmatova Museum, St Petersburg, Russia, curated by Olga Kopenkina
Surveillance, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, curated by Rocio Aranda
Moving Time, Gallery Korea, Korean Cultural Service, New York, curated by Hwang Yu Jin, Jeeyun Kim,Inhee Iris Moon
Featured Artist Projects, Center for Book Arts, New York


El Salón de la Justicia, Galería Santa Fé, Bogotá, Colombia

Co-dependent, (with Julieta Aranda), The Living Room, Miami, presented by College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University, curated by Omar Lopez-Chahoud

New Vectors, Southern Panorama/15th International Electronic Art Festival-Videobrasil, Sesc Pompeia, Sao Paulo, Brazil

BEOGRAD NEKAD I SAD, Prodajna galerija "Beograd", Belgrad, Serbia, curated by Marko Stamenkovic (Catalog)

El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files 2005, El Museo del Barrio, NY, curated by Deborah Cullen and Miki Garcia with Marysol Nieves(Catalog)

Enemy Image, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY, curated by Elena Sorokina
Se acabó el rollo? La fotografia en Colombia de 1950 a 2000, Museo Nacional, Bogotá, Colombia, curated by Eduardo Serrano

Selections from 'Dancing Bear' the Collection of W.M. Hunt, Arles: Les Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie 2005, Arles, France

The Generals, (with Julieta Aranda, K8 Hardy and Gareth James), Art in General, NY, invited by Sofia Hernández

Digital Cotton, Savannah Gallery at the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia, curated by Matthew Mascotte


Kevin Bruk Gallery's Group Show at NADA Art Fair, Miami, Fl

The Book as Object and Performance, Gigantic ArtSpace, New York, curated by Sara Reisman (Catalog)

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's Workspace 120 Broadway Open Studios, LMCC, New York

The Freedom Salon, Deitch Projects, New York, curated by Christina Kukielski and Apsara Di Quinzio

2 Biennale Adriatica di Arti Nuove, San Benedetto del Tronto,Italy, curated by Antonio Arévalo (Catalog)

Free Roaming: Video Madness (screening), El Museo del Barrio, New York, curated by Euridice Arratia

Produciendo Realidad, Associazione Culturale Prometeo di Lucca,Italy,curated by Marco Scotini (Catalog)

Urbes Interiores, Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, Bogotá, Colombia, curated by José Roca (Catalog)

Outdoor Intervention, PS122 Gallery, New York

Establishing Shot, Artists Space, New York curated by Christian Rattemeyer (Catalog)


Salón Regional de Artistas de Bogotá, Museum of Modern Art, Bogotá, Colombia (Catalog)

XII Art Biennial of Cerveira, Forum Cultural, Cerveira, Portugal (Catalog)

Visiones, Fotología Photography Festival, Universidad de Salamanca, Bogotá, Colombia, curated by Clemencia Poveda

Translatability, Berliner Kunstproject, Berlin, Germany, curated by David Adamo and Gordana Benzanov

Agitate: Negotiating the Photographic Process, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, curated by Dore Bowen and Chuck Mobley (Catalog)

No Money No Honey, Area (Contenitore d'Arte Contemporanea), Palermo, Italy, curated by Antonio Arévalo

[B L A N K]: In Pursuit of An American History, Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, curated by Stephanie Dinkins and Keith Miller


Mundos Creados: Constructed Photography from the Wider Caribbean, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Fries Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, curated by Wim Melis (Catalog)

Fresh: New Photography, Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art, New York, curated by Peter H. Halpert

Latin-American Photography from New York to Santiago de Chile, Fotografia, Primo

FestivalInternazionale di Roma, IILA, Rome, Italy, curated by Antonio Arévalo (Catalog)

Tecnica Mista, La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Florence, Italy, curated by Patrizia Landi.



What is Democracy To You? (Poster, Edition of 2000), Originally published in 2008 for exhibition at ICA, Philadelphia, USA

Brief History of U.S. Interventions in Latin America Since 1946 (Poster, 4 editions of 2000 up to date), Originally published in 2005 for exhibition at Jersey City Museum, NJ, USA

Arts & LEISURE, (Tabloid, 28 pages, co-edited with The Generals), Published in 2005 by Art in General and e-flux, New York, USA

Close (Artist Monograph, 76 pages), Published in 2000 by Deskubre, Rome, Italy




Jones, Caitlin, Review of "In The Private Eye" at ISE Cultural Foundation, Rhizome, February

Bernasconi, Roberta, VENEZIA TUTTO S.A.L.E.,, February Zellen, Jody, Carlos Motta, Art Papers, January 2007 Amir, Yaelle, Carlos Motta, The Leningrad Trilogy, Winkleman Gallery, whitehot, Oct.


Hernández, Sofía, Carlos Motta: Consistently Aware, Arte Al Día Internacional, May 2007 Motta, Carlos, Means of Engagement: A review of Oliver Herring's Show, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Fall 2007


Clinton, Margaret Liu: Distortion, Disruption & Dispersion: Reconfigured Retellings, Kevin Bruk Gallery, Exhibition Brochure Essay, June 2006

Conección Colombia: Carlos Motta: Reciclador de Imagenes, Abril 6, 2006

Cotter, Holland: Whitney Independent Study Program, New York Times, May 12, 2006

Fajardo-Hill,Cecilia: 10 Experimentos Determinantes, Introducción, Exhibition Catalog,

Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation, Oct. 2006

Genocchio, Benjamin: Black and White But Not That Simple: Carlos Motta Confronts Latin

American Politics, New York Times, April 30, 2006

Genocchio, Benjamin: Is It the N.S.A., Or, an M.F.A?, New York Times, February 12, 2006

Herrera, Adriana: La incertidumbre en el arte contemporáneo, El Nuevo Herald, October 15, 2006

Motta, Carlos, Venas Abiertas, Exit Express, Verano 2005

Motta, Carlos: Lesson Plan: Unlearn, NYFA Current, Dec 6, 2006

Kilston, Lyra: The Front Page: Artists and Photojournalism, Artlies

Suarez De Jesus, Carlos: Ella's Gift: Cifo is an oasis in a desert of concrete rot, Miami New Times, October, 2006

McKee, Yates: Carlos Motta's Hemispheric Counter-Pedagogy, Real Art Ways, Exhibition Brochure Essay, May 2006

Perez, Dinorah: Carlos Motta en Kevin Bruk Gallery, Arte al Dia, Dic 2006

Rexer, Lyle: Bill Hunt's Photographs, Art on Paper, January 2006

Turner, Eliza: Video, defined: Two shows focus on the history of video arts, Miami Herald, Nov 5,2006


Cotter, Holland: Latino Art, and Beyond Category, New York Times, September 2, 2005

Cullen Deborah: The (S) Files, Exhibition Catalog Essay

Henry, Clare: The (S) Files, ARTnews, December, 2005

Howard, Henry: El Museo's Bienal: The (S) Files/The Selected Files,The Brooklyn Rail, November 2005

Kopenkina, Olga: Russia Significant Other, Exhibition Brochure Essay, February 2006

Micchelli, Thomas: The Book as Object and Performance, The Brooklyn Rail, January 2005

Powhida, William: Enemy Image, The Brooklyn Rail, October 2005

Serrano, Eduardo: Se acabo el rollo? La fotografia en Colombia de 1950 a 2000, Book, Published by Editorial Planeta, 2005/6


Ellis, David: New Home for WTC Art Studios, Downtown Express, July 15, 2004

Farrel, Jennifer: Establishing Shot, Exit Express, May 2004

Hudson, Suzanne: Establishing Shot, Artforum, September 2004

Rattemeyer, Christian: Establishing Shot, Artists Space, Exhibition Catalog Essay, April 2004

Roca, José: Urbes Interiores: Carlos Motta, Enterrar y Callar, Exhibition Catalog Essay, June 2004

Schwendener, Martha: Establishing Shot, Time Out New York, April 15, 2004

Stillman, Nick: Establishing Shot,, April 30, 2004


Baker, Kenneth: Artists Leave the Camera Out of the Picture, SF Chronicle, June 7, 2003.

Bowen, Doren: Photography In The Mix: Flora-Fauna-Photo, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, Spring/Summer 2003.

Exibart: Nuovi Spazi, nasce a Aréa a Palermo, January 2003

Flynt, Robert: Interview with Carlos Motta, Camerawork: A Journal of Photographic Arts, CD-ROM, Spring/Summer 2003

New York Arts Magazine: Translatability, August 2003

Nicita Paola: No Money, No Honey,, February 12, 2003

Periodico El Tiempo: Comienza Fotología, August 6, 2003

Periodico El Tiempo: 25 Artistas en el Salón Nacional, August 25, 2003


Arévalo, Antonio: Latin-American Photography from New York to Santiago de Chile, Exhibition Catalog Essay, May 2002

Bastante, Maria Cristina: Latin-American Photography from New York to Santiago de Chile,, June 14, 2002

Ciolini, Vittoria: Identita Culturali: Toscana Fotografia, Exhibition Catalog Essay, October 2002

CityFirenze: Da non perdere, Carlos Motta, Pesca Milagrosa, November 5, 2002, Florence, Italy

CultFrame: Mundos Creados, September 2002

Door, Arno: Revolutie, De Volkskrant, September 12, 2002

Guarnieri, Beatrice: Pesca Milagrosa,, November 7, 2002

La Repubblica: L'altro é il mio obbietivo torna Toscana fotografia, November 2002, Florence, Italy.

L'unita: La ‘Pesca Miracolosa' dei guerriglieri colombiani, November 8, 2002, Florence, Italy.

Melis, Wim: Carlos Motta: 'Pesca Milagrosa', Mundos Creados: Constructed Photography from the Wider Caribbean, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Exhibition Catalog Essay, August 2002.

Reieneweld, Chris: Waarachtig beeld, Financieel Dagblad, September 28, 2002, Groningen

Pietersma, lland: Ik will niet aan geweld wennen, Dagblad van het Noorden, Groningen, The Neatherlands, September 2002.

Van, Ek S.: Experimentale Fotografie, Friesch Dagblad, September 2002


* Vásquez Mauricio and Ilse de Greiff: Interview with Carlos Motta, Choque y Fusión,99.1 Radio Joven, Colombia, November 2001


Landi, Patrizia: Tecnica Mista, La Corte Arte Contemporanea, Exhibition Catalog Essay, May 2000

Frailey, Stephen: Introduction for Close

Tocancipa Luz Stella: Goce Visual, Revista Cromos, November 16, 2000.

Umbrico, Penelope: Critical Essay for Close.



Cisneros Fontanals Foundation, Miami, Florida Deutsche Bank Timeline, Konstfacks

Videotek, Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah,

Georgia INTERVIEWS BY CARLOS MOTTA Carlos Motta: Interview with Irit Batsry,, Fall Issue 2002 Carlos Motta: Interview with Mariana Silva,, Spring Issue 2003 Carlos Motta: Interview with David Ross,, Summer Issue 2003 Carlos

Motta: Interview with Brian Tolle,, Fall Issue 2003 Carlos Motta: Interview with Shoshana Dentz,, Spring Issue 2004 Carlos Motta: Interview with Graciela Sacco,, Summer Issue 2004



Carlos Motta + Ann Farnsworth-Alvear (Artist Presentation), ICA, Philadelphia, PA, February 27, 2008

Vita Activa: Political Engagement through the Arts (Artist Presentation), SODAart at Villa Arson, Nice, France, October 2007

On the edge of the abyss, one step forward! A conversation between Carlos Motta and Juan Pedro Fabra, wip:konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden, October 2007

Artist Presentation, Konstfak (Invited by Andrea Creutz), Konstfak, Stockholm, Sweden, October 2007

Art/Net/Work, artist presentation rum46, Aarhus, Denmark, October 2006

Town Meeting, Presentation, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, October 15, 2005

La Conceptualizacion de La Imagen, Teaching, one week workshop, El Centro de La Imagen, Mexico City, Mexico, August 2005

The Future of Photography, Panel Organizer and Moderator, Parsons School of Design, part of SPE Conference 2004, New York

Legitimizing The Other: Art and National Identity in the Age of Globalization, Panelist, New York University, October 9, 2004, New York Visiting Artist, School of Visual Arts, New York, April 2004

Establishing Shot, Panelist, Artists Space, New York, March 2004 Presentation, SF

Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, May 2003

Slide Fest, Presentation, ICP Education Program, New York September 2002



Editor,, New York, USA

Teaching Faculty, MFA & BFA Photography Departments Parsons The New School of Design, New York, USA

Teaching Faculty, General Studies Program International Center of Photography, New York, USA