On November 6, 2021, Carlos Motta organized an hour-long visit to the Brooklyn waterfront to share the story of Ole’s ghost. Carlos conjured the fictional character of Ole, a gay man and 19th-century sailor who landed in Red Hook, Brooklyn, to touch upon the immigrant experience in New York.
Ole’s story also resonated with Carlos’s personal experience a gay immigrant in New York in the 1990s. On the waterfront of Brooklyn, Ole discovered sexual freedom and liveliness, but also precarious labor conditions and exploitation. Over the course of the walk and narration, Carlos’s and Ole’s voices became one as they discussesd censorship, gentrification, and climate change.
This event was organized by Juana Berrío.
Carlos Motta is a Colombian-born artist and educator based in New York. His research and teaching centers on body politics, gender, and queer history and often takes the shape of film installations and performances.
In 2022, he has solo exhibitions at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; and Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogotá, Colombia. His monograph, History’s Backrooms was published by SKIRA in 2020.