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Y Gallery is pleased to present DEUS POBRE: Modern S ermons of Communal Lament\, a solo exhibition by Carlos Motta. DEUS POBRE: Modern Sermons of Communal Lament (2011) is a video installation based on a series of performative intervent ions in Catholic churches in Porto\, Portugal. Six ordained priests —all of whom share an interest in the theology movement known as Liberation theolo gy— read excerpts of key sermons and texts delivered by theologians and pri ests since the 17th Century.
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\nLiberation theology emerged in the 1970s in Latin America —with develo pments in other parts of the world— where oppression\, marginalization and vulnerability have determined the social landscape since the times of the C onquest. The movement focuses on the “dialogue between the Christian tradit ion\, social theory\, and the insight of the poor into their own situation\ , leading to action for change.”[1] Liberation theology underlines the poli tical potential of the church’s mission and denounces instances when the ch urch has been complicit with regimes of imperial and oppressive power.\n
 
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Set in Portugal\, DEUS POBRE revisits this particular history by asking contemporary priests to deliv er\, during their daily mass or for a public audience\, theological-politic al sermons originally written by Bartolomé de las Casas (1542)\, António Vi eira (1653-57)\, Gustavo Gutiérrez (1971)\, Óscar Romero (1977-80)\, and Leonardo Boff (1996). Thus the priests engage with Portugal’s colonial history and the past role of the church in missionary evangelization\, as w ell as with its current institutional role in a globalized and socially une qual world where the majority of its population lives in abject poverty.
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DEUS POBRE was commissioned and partly produced by Museu Serralves for “Às Artes\, Cidadãos!”(2010-2011) —an exhibition that commemorated the 100th An niversary of the Portuguese Republic.
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Carlos Motta (b. 1978 Bogotá\, Colombia) lives a nd works in New York. His works have been presented in solo exhibitions at New Museum\, NY (2012)\; Museo de Arte del Banco de la República\, Bogotá ( 2010)\; Hebbel am Ufer\, Berlin (2010)\; MoMA/PS1\, NY (2009)\; and Institu te of Contemporary Art\, Philadelphia (2008)\; and in group exhibitions at venues such as Performa 11\, NY (2011)\; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2011)\; Guggenheim Museum\, NY (2011)\; Museu Serralves\, Porto (2010)\; National Museum of Contemporary Art\, Greece (2010)\; Creative Time\, NY (2 009)\; and "X Biennale de Lyon" (2009). Motta was named a Guggenheim Founda tion Fellow in 2008 and has received grants from NYSCA and the Art Matters Foundation. He is part of the faculty at Parsons The New School of Design a nd the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.\n
 
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* Impoverished God
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[1] Christopher Rowland\, Liberat ion Theology\, Cambridge University Press\, 2007
DTEND:20111223 DTSTAMP:20140919T145925 DTSTART:20111122 GEO:40.7211642;-73.9887236 LOCATION:Y Gallery New York\,165 Orchard Street \nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:CARLOS MOTTA / Deus Pobre\, Modern Sermons of Communal Lament\, MIG UEL AGUIRRE\, Artemio\, Alberto Borea\, Ryan Brown\, JUANLI CARRION\, Chris toph Draeger\, Norma Markley\, Carlos Motta\, Eung Ho Park UID:190978 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20111122T210000 DTSTAMP:20140919T145925 DTSTART:20111122T180000 GEO:40.7211642;-73.9887236 LOCATION:Y Gallery New York\,165 Orchard Street \nNew York\, NY 10002 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:CARLOS MOTTA / Deus Pobre\, Modern Sermons of Communal Lament\, MIG UEL AGUIRRE\, Artemio\, Alberto Borea\, Ryan Brown\, JUANLI CARRION\, Chris toph Draeger\, Norma Markley\, Carlos Motta\, Eung Ho Park UID:190979 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR