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¡Presente! Daniel Alarcón and Carlos Motta: Next-Generation Latin American Art and Literature

October 10, 2009; 3:00 p.m.

Museum Theater

The social consequences of global and internal imbalances of power have long influenced the creative work of many Latin American artists and writers. How do contemporary practitioners relate to legacies of repression, resistance, and protest, and how do they consider social and political alternatives for the future in their work? Peruvian-born writer Daniel Alarcón and Colombian-born artist Carlos Motta will discuss their recent and current projects with these questions in mind.

Daniel Alarcón won the 2008 Literary Award for Fiction from PEN USA for his novel Lost City Radio, and was a 2006 PEN/Hemingway Award Finalist for his collection War by Candlelight. He is associate editor of Etiqueta Negra, a magazine published in Lima, Peru, and has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for Latin American Studies. He is currently working on his first graphic novel.

Carlos Motta uses strategies from documentary film, journalism, and sociology to consider the effects of specific political events in photography, video, and installation projects. Recent works include The Immigrant Files: Democracy Is Not Dead, It Just Smells Funny and La Buena Vida (The Good Life). Motta was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow and some of his current work is included in the Lyon Biennale.