Carlos Motta (col/usa)


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The Good Life/La Buena Vida
Carlos Motta

The Good Life is a multi-part video project composed of over 360 video interviews with pedestrians on the streets of twelve cities in Latin America shot between 2005 and 2008. The work examines processes of democratization as they relate to U.S. interventionist policies in the region. The conversations and dialogues recorded in Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Caracas, Guatemala, La Paz, Managua, México City, Panamá, Santiago, San Salvador, São Paulo, and Tegucigalpa, cover topics such as individuals' perceptions of U.S. foreign policy, democracy, leadership, and governance. The result is a wide spectrum of responses and opinions, which vary according to local situations and specific forms of government in each country. The Good Life is formed of an Internet Archive, a video installation and a series of commissioned texts and articles.

Carlos Motta's work has been individually presented at Konshtall C, Stockholm; The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), Philadelphia; Art in General, New York; and Fundación Alzate Avendaño, Bogotá, Colombia (upcoming).  He was named a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow (2008) and was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant (2007) and a Cisneros Fontanals Foundation Grant (2006).