Six Acts: An Experiment in Narrative Justice

Six Acts: An Experiment in Narrative Justice

Six Acts: An Experiment in Narrative Justice

Various Duration
Six Channels Video Installation
Colombia, 2010

Set against the 2010 presidential election campaign in Colombia, Six Acts: An Experiment in Narrative Justice is based on a series of performative actions in public squares in Bogotá. Six actors of different social and ethnic backgrounds read peace speeches originally delivered by six Colombian liberal and left-wing political leaders (Jorge Eliécer Gaitán,Luis Carlos Galán, Bernardo Jaramillo Ossa, Jaime Pardo Leal, Carlos Pizarro and Rafael Uribe Uribe) who were assassinated in the last 100 years because of their political ideology.

These “acts” focused on the need to remember the systematic elimination of voices that have dared to oppose the ruling order by articulating their differing points of view and that have denounced by name those responsible for Colombia’s repetitive history of political corruption and violence. Drawing upon the notion of “narrative justice;” that is, justice from the perspective of an aesthetic experience instead of a normative concept, this work offers an exercise of collective memory to underscore its transformative potential.

A multi-disciplinary artist. Some of
his works explore sexuality, gender identity, and
cultural, politic and religous minority. His work draws
upon political history in an attempt to create counter
narratives that recognize suppressed histories,
communities and identities. In this manner he worked
together with academics, activists, artists, and scientists
across the globe. Motta’s works have been presented
internationally in venues such as Tate Modern, London;
The New Museum, The Guggenheim Museum and
MoMA/PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, In
2014 won prize at Future Generation Art Prize of the
PinchukArtCentre in Kiev, Ukraine.