Carlos Motta introduces Gender Talents (TALK)
GENDER TALENTS is an archive of documentary video portraits and a platform for events that engages discourses and movements for gender self-determination within trans and intersex communities.
GENDER TALENTS presents portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity rather than as a social condemnation. Based on interviews conducted in Colombia, Guatemala,India and the United States the project seeks to expose the ways that international activists challenge the bio-cultural “foundations” of society and question gender norms from the perspective of sexuality, class, race, ethnicity, and disability.
GENDER TALENTS documents the ways in which society conditions and regulates bodies and how gender activists build politics of resistance and action. From traditional Joggapa communities in India, to sex workers in Colombia and Guatemala, to intersex activists in the United States, these individuals and communities fight for state recognition, the right to self-determine their identities, self-govern their bodies, access to work, health benefits, and other pressing issues.
- Carlos Motta
- Gender Talents — gendertalents.info, 2014 | carlosmotta.com | courtesy of the artist.
This event is produced with the support of Ashkal Alwan, as part of "The Manufacturing of Rights" collective inquiry.
draws upon political history in his work in an attempt to create counter narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities. His films Nefandus Trilogy (2013) or Deseos / رغبات from 2015 address the construction, categorization and repression of homoeroticism throughout the conquest and colonial period in the Americas. His recent database documentary Gender Talents (2015) presents video portraits of trans and intersex activists who thoughtfully perform gender as a personal, social, and political opportunity, rather than as a social condemnation.
98weeks, Beirut Armenia Street - Mar Mkhayel, Facing Manar Petrol Station Second building to the left in the alley between Bodo and L'Osteria