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The Crossing - Carlos Motta

Museums/Institutes Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Museumplein 10
1071 DJ Amsterdam
+31 (0)20 5732911

Open Daily 10-18 hrs
Fri 10-22 hrs

Exhibition 16 Sep — 21 Jan

Opening 22 Sep, 20-23 hrs


The Stedelijk Museum presents Carlos Motta: The Crossing, a newly commissioned two-part installation of videos and objects by New York-based, Colombian artist Carlos Motta (1978, Bogota).

In The Crossing, Carlos Motta presents video portraits of eleven LGBTQI refugees who speak about their experiences before, during and after the exodus from their homelands to the Netherlands. Their touching accounts demonstrate the challenges of living amid homophobia and transphobia, in cultures where repression and discrimination make the open expression of non-normative genders and sexualities practically impossible. The exclusion, intimidation and abuse experienced by these refugees also took place during their asylum seeking processes in Dutch refugee camps, where they were humiliated and bullied by other refugees and often failed to obtain the protection they sought from Dutch authorities.

Carlos Motta selected the interviewees with the help of the Amsterdam organization Secret Garden, which campaigns to improve the life of LGBTQI refugees, supports their asylum applications, and helps them find their way in the Netherlands. In addition to the eleven videos, The Crossing presents around twenty historic objects from the collections of the Rijksmuseum, Tropenmuseum and Amsterdam Museum.

Carlos Motta: The Crossing is curated by Martijn van Nieuwenhuyzen in close collaboration with the artist, with the invaluable assistance of Secret Garden and Valeria Posada, lead researcher. With the collaboration of Harm Stevens and Rijksmuseum, Tropenmuseum, and Amsterdam Museum.


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