Skip to Primary Menu Skip to Utility Menu Skip to Main Content Skip to Footer
UC Santa Cruz Logo Institute of the Arts and Sciences
UC Santa Cruz Logo
Photo/Video Caption: Caption

Past Exhibit

We the Enemy

Jan. 23 - Mar. 14, 2020

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences (IAS) and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery at UC Santa Cruz are pleased to present Carlos Motta: We The Enemy, the West Coast premiere solo exhibition by the internationally acclaimed artist. We The Enemy features recent works that question—and challenge— how productions of difference propel social oppression. With video installation, performance documentation, and works in other media, We The Enemy tracks the persecution of LGBTQIA+ individuals from colonialism in the Americas to current border politics and through the history of medical research and HIV/AIDS. We The Enemy documents these repressed histories to form a powerful record of rising resistance.

Location

Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery
1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA 95064

Date and Times

January 23-March 14, 2020 Opening Reception, January 23, 5—7 p.m.

A shirtless man with a metal apparatus around his mouth while drool drips from his lips.

Related Symposium

To accompany We The Enemy, Carlos Motta and Rachel Nelson have organized a 2-day symposium January 24, 2020 at UC Santa Cruz and January 25, 2020 at SFMOMA, where Motta also has work on display.* Bodies at the Borders brings together scholars, activists, artists, filmmakers, and poets to engage the politics of borders as they intersect with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, and race.

*Carlos Motta’s new 4-channel video installation on LGBTQIA+ Dreamers, We Got Each Other’s Back—Chapter 1: Narrative Shifter: A Portrait of Julio Salgado, is on view as part of Soft Power at SFMOMA October 26–February 17, 2020.

About (Tab to skip section.)
Two people with their faces hidden by a hood.

We the Enemy

We The Enemy features recent works that question—and challenge— how productions of difference propel social oppression. With video installation, performance documentation, and works in other media, We The Enemy tracks the persecution of LGBTQIA+ individuals from colonialism in the Americas to current border politics and through the history of medical research and HIV/AIDS. We The Enemy documents these repressed histories to form a powerful record of rising resistance.

Experience We the Enemy online

About the Artist

Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta (b. 1978) was born in Bogotá, Colombia and lives and works in New York City. Motta has been the subject of survey exhibitions including at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia,  Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile, and Röda Sten Konsthall, Göteborg, Sweden. His work is in the permanent collections of the The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 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.His solo exhibitions include Galeria Vermelho, São Paulo (2019); Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (2017); Pérez Art Museum, Miami (2016); Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (2016); PinchukArtCentre, Kiev (2015); Sala de Arte Público Siqueiros, Mexico City (2013); New Museum, New York (2012); MoMA PS1, New York (2009); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2009). Motta participated in 32 Bienal de São Paulo (2016); X Gwangju Biennale (2014); and X Lyon Biennale (2010). His films have been screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2016, 2010); Toronto International Film Festival (2013); and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (2016); 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). 

Collaborators and sponsors for Carlos Motta: We The Enemy and related events include SFMOMA, UCSC Center for Cultural Studies, Lionel Cantú Queer Resource Center, El Centro: Chicanx Latinx Resource, and UCSC Arts Division. Carlos Motta: We The Enemy has been generously funded by the Nion McEvoy Family Fund, Rowland and Pat Rebele, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and the Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery.

[Section Title]. Skip section?

Learn More

Articles about Tim Young and Solitary Garden

Neralla, ​Harshita.

“Mugwort and Bergamot: Solitary Garden’s Spring Plants Center Healing and Restoration.” City on the Hill Press, April 2021.

Townsend, Peggy.

“A Growing Movement.” UC Santa Cruz Magazine, Spring 2020.

Camardo, Anna Maria.

“Imagining a Landscape Without Prisons.” City of the Hill Press, January 1, 2020.

Biography

Tim Young Bio – San Jose Museum of Art

[Section Title]. Skip section?

Learn More

Suggested Readings

Nelson, Rachel. 2020.

“Viral Biopolitics.” The Brooklyn Rail. May 6, 2020.

Burns, Karpani.

“Coronavirus: The Invisible Enemy behind Enemy Lines.” San Francisco Bay View, April 5, 2020.

Roy, Arundhati.

“The Pandemic Is a Portal.” Financial Times, April 3, 2020.

Blakinger, Keri.

As COVID-19 Measures Grow, Prison Oversight Falls.” The Marshall Project, March 17, 2020.

Klonsky, Amanda.

“An Epicenter of the Pandemic Will Be Jails and Prisons, If Inaction Continues.” The New York Times, March 16, 2020, sec. Opinion.

Gilmore, Ruth Wilson, and James Kilgore.

“The Case for Prison Abolition.” The Marshall Project, June 19, 2019.

Woodfox, Albert.

Solitary: A Biography. New York: Grove Press, 2019.

Wykstra, Stephanie.

“The Case against Solitary Confinement.” Vox, April 17, 2019.

Kaba, Mariame, and John Duda.

“Towards the Horizon of Abolition: A Conversation with Mariame Kaba.” The Next System Project, November 9, 2017.

Berger, Dan, Mariame Kaba, and David Stein.

What Abolitionists Do.” Jacobin, August 24, 2017.

Herzing, Rachel.

“Big Dreams and Bold Steps Toward a Police-Free Future.” Truthout. September 16, 2015.

Rankine, Claudia.

Citizen: An American Lyric. 1st Edition. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Graywolf Press, 2014.