Stedelijk Summer Screenings: Carlos Motta
6 Aug - 7 Aug 2016

Emerging and established artist films are screened throughout the summer in the Teijin Auditorium of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. Every weekend a different selection will be shown as an ongoing screening on Friday (7–8:30 pm), Saturday & Sunday (10 am – 5.30 pm). On Friday August 5 there will be an Q&A with the artist after the screening.

Teijin Auditorium, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
15 E adults / 7,50 students / gratis with museumcard, Vrienden-card en YS-card

Tickets: online or at the ticket box offices

Reservation/RSVP: not necessary

Carlos Motta, Nefandus, 2013, HD-video, 13min04, filmstill, courtesy of the artist.
Carlos Motta, Nefandus, 2013, HD-video, 13min04, filmstill, courtesy of the artist.

August 5 -7 2016:

EuroPride: Carlos Motta
Nefandus Trilogy
Courtesy of the artist

This selection from the Stedelijk’s time-based arts collection is presented within the context of the cultural programming for Amsterdam Gay Pride/EuroPride 2016. The works introduce different ways of looking and a culture that values the notion of difference: different voices, changing identities and hybrid subjects.

Q&A with the artist

On Friday August 5, the film screening will be followed by a conversation between the artist and Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen (Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam). 

Carlos Motta's Nefandus Trilogy (2013) is a three-part visual essay, consisting of the parts Nefandus, Naufragios and La visión de los vencidos. In this trilogy Motta examines the pre-colonial and colonial heritage of South America, specifically with regard to views on (homo)sexuality. Motta narrates the untold stories of unwritten histories that have been suppressed by the weight of religion and morality. They were condemned as abominable sins ('pecados nefandos') by the Catholic colonizers: the European colonists and evangelist missionaries outlawed acts of sodomy, turning indigenous same-sex rituals into punishable crimes and profoundly changing the natives' relationship to sex. In the first part of the trilogy, a Spanish-speaking man and an indigenous man search for traces of this hidden past in the landscape while canoeing the Don Diego river in Colombia. The second part of the trilogy is filmed in a similar manner, with the camera seeming to 'look' for remnants of history – this time in the city of Lisbon, where in the 17th century a Portuguese man named Luiz Delgado was tortured and tried by the Inquisitions for engaging in homosexual relationships. La visión de los vencidos (The Defeated) tells a story that has been passed on across generations by oral transmission: while navigating the jungle, an indigenous slave recounts the execution of men performing a collective homoerotic ritual.


Carlos Motta (1978, Bogotá) is an upcoming Colombian multi-disciplinary artist based in New York. His work addresses the histories of queer culture and the politics of sex and gender, with particular regard to suppressed histories, communities and identities. Motta's work has been shown in international venues such as Tate Modern (London), The New Museum, The Guggenheim Museum and MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center (New York) and Witte de With (Rotterdam). Motta was guest editor of the e-flux journal issue “(Im)practical (Im)possibilities” (April 2013) about contemporary queer art and culture. In 2014 he received the Future Generation Art Prize of the Pinchuk Art Centre in Kiev, Ukraine. His Nefandus Trilogy (2013) was shown in several festivals, such as the International Film Festival Rotterdam (2014) and the 10th Xposed International Queer Film Festival in Berlin (2015). In 2013 Nefandus Trilogy received the Catalonia Rambles Award.


Jan Dibbets
Pandora's Box: Jan Dibbets on Another Photograpy
Loan from Paris Musées and Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Dates: July 1 – 3  2016

Zachary Formwalt 
An Unknown Quantity
Acquired for the SMA collection, 2015
Dates: July 8 – 10 2016

Rudi Fuchs
A selection of works from the collection
Acquired for the SMA collection 1993 - 2003
Dates: July 15 – 17 2016

A selection of works from the collection
Acquired by the SMA
Dates July 22 – 24 2016

EuroPride: Zanele Muholi
Difficult Love
Loan from STEVENSON Cape Town and Johannesburg
Dates: July 29 – 31 2016