Nefandus: Colonial Sexual Alterity and Histories for the Future

| September 23, 2016 | Calendar

This symposium brings together scholars Anjali Arondekar, Pablo Bedoya, Joseph Massad, Fernanda Molina, Pete Sigal and artist Carlos Motta. They will present their work colonial sexualities, the production of identity categories and the ways in which these processes of “modernization” informed the experience of sex and gender in post-colonial societies in the Middle East, South Asia and the Americas. Through a transnational approach, this symposium focuses on diverse colonial histories and counter-narratives.

The convening will discuss these themes in relation to the exhibition, Carlos Motta: Histories for the Future, which is on view at PAMM through January 15, 2017. The exhibition was curated by MarĂ­a Elena Ortiz and features four recent short films and a sculptural installation by Motta that address the topic of homoeroticism during the Conquest and throughout the colonial period in the Americas. Artist Carlos Motta and Curator Maria Elena Ortiz are available for on-site interviews by request.

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