Aline Motta

Niterói, Brazil, 1974

With her artistic practice, Aline Motta seeks to point out and fill in the gaps in her family history due to colonial erasure. Her videos, photographs, installations, and performances are based on speculative studies that mix archival research, field trips, and oral history reports that she uses to access, nourish, and reveal parts of the past that were previously thought to be lost.

Refusing the linear organization of time and instead understanding the past as part of the present, Motta creates works that reorient memories and construct new narratives. Reflecting on notions of diaspora, belonging, and identification, she reconfigures Afro-Atlantic relations in her ways, positioning herself as the author of her history. Blurring the boundaries between what is known and imagined, Motta's works demonstrate how envisioning new pasts can free us from old narratives and manifest new futures.

Aline earned a bachelor's degree in Communication Studies at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a Certificate in Film Production at the New School University/New York. She has received the Rumos Itaú Cultural 2015/2016 grant, earned the ZUM Photography Scholarship of Instituto Moreira Salles in 2018 and the prestigious ""Marcantonio Vilaça Award for the Arts"" in 2019.

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