Aline Motta

About the Artist

Born in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, in 1974. Aline Motta has transited through spaces in Brazil and abroad, in the same way that she traverses various artistic techniques such as video, photography, installations and the editorial universe. In this transversal way, Aline explores the core themes of her research: memory, ancestry, corporeality, slavery, and racism. Recipient of renown art awards in Brazil, such as the Rumos Itaú Cultural in 2016, or the Marcantonio Vilaça Award for Fine Arts in 2019, the appreciation for Aline’s work in the national and international art world has expanded through successful exhibitions in places such as the Museum of Art in Rio, MASP/Tomie Ohtake, the Centro Cultural São Paulo, the Kirchner Cultural Center in Buenos Aires, the New Museum in New York, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, or the ICAF Lagos in Nigeria, among others. Through dance and other musical influences emanating from the intimacy of her family, Aline Motta creates a link between the arts and social themes. It is through the study of these influences that her interest in memory and mestizaje is born. Studies in social communication at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), and Cinema at the New School University (NY), build a path through which Aline recombines concepts and builds a poetic look of great power and delicate eloquence as a black artist. A vision most recently consolidated with the launch of her first book, A água é uma máquina do tempo, published by Fósforo and Luna Parque Edições in 2022.



2021 Screen Series, New Museum, NY

2020/21 Aline Motta: memory, travel and water, Museu de Arte do Rio (MAR)  

2020/21 Natural Daughter #1, Mario de Andrade Library - São Paulo/SP  

2019 In three times: memory, journey and water, TCU Cultural Center/Brasília/DF  

2019 Bridges over Abysses, Sesc Santana/SP

2018 Natural Daughter, Centro Cultural São Paulo


2021 Rethink everything: the power of art in times of isolation, Les Rencontres de la Photographie Arles, France

2021 Cuando cambia el mundo - Preguntas sobre arte y feminismos, Centro Cultural Kirchner, Buenos Aires - Argentina  

2021 Corpo - Experimento, Museu de Arte do Espírito Santo (MAES)  

2020 It was already like this when I arrived, Galerie Ron Mandos, Netherlands  

2020 Pensar todo de nuevo, Rolf Art Gallery, Buenos Aires, Argentina  

2020 Feminine(s). Visualities, actions and affections, Bienal do Mercosul - Porto Alegre/RS,  

2020 Voices against racism, Municipal Secretariat of Culture of São Paulo  

2020 Farsa, Sesc Pompeia/São Paulo/SP  

2020 The discovery of what it means to be Brazilian, Mariane Ibrahim Gallery, Chicago

2020 Narratives in Process - Artist Book at the Itaú Cultural Collection, Museu de Arte de Santa Catarina (MASC)  

2020 Attention to the Chorus, Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia  

2019 Feminist Stories, artists after 2000, MASP  

2019 Artists’ Films and Videos in the Itaú Cultural Collection, MAM/RJ  

2019 Narratives in Process - Artist Book in the Itaú Cultural Collection, Palácio das Artes/MG, MAMAM/PE  

2019 The River of Navigators, Museum of Art of Rio (MAR)

2019 Pretatitude, Sesc Vila Mariana / Sesc Santos

2019 Cuerpo Celeste, and 45th Salón Nacional de Artes - Colombia

2019 Strategies of the Feminine, Farol Santander Porto Alegre/RS  

2019 2nd Clay Biennial, Caruaru/PE  

2018 Afro-Atlantic Stories, MASP/Tomie Ohtake  

2018 ⦿, Galeria Leme  

2018 Pretatitude, Sesc Ribeirão Preto/ Sesc São Carlos  

2017 Iwaya Community Art Festival, Lagos, Nigeria

2017 13th and 14th classes of the Art Residency, Red Bull Station SP  

2017 Absent Dialogues, Galpão Bela Maré  

2017 Narratives of the Invisible, Mostra Rumos 2015/1016, Itaú Cultural  

2017 São Paulo is not a city, Sesc 24 de maio  

2017 Ways of seeing Brazil: 30 years of Itaú Cultural, Oca/Ibirapuera

2017 Construcciones Posibles, Espacio de Arte Manzana 1, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

2016 Missing Dialogues, Itaú Cultural  

2016 Abre Alas, Galeria A Gentil Carioca  

2014 Hóspedes do Presente, CentroCentro Cibeles de Cultura y Ciudadanía,

Madrid, Spain

2012 Paraty in Focus, International Photography Festival, Paraty, RJ, Brazil


2021 Art as a crossroads, Moacir do Anjos. ZUM/IMS Magazine

2020 No “healing” without reparation policies, Camila Gonzatto, Goethe Institut - Brazil

2020 Invocations, Solo Exhibition “Aline Motta: memory, journey and water”, Marcelo Campos, MAR/Museu de Arte do Rio

2020 Writing a Lineage, Bianca Dias, Caliban Magazine

2019 Aline Motta and the personal dive into collective memory, Marcos Grinzpun Ferraz, Arte/Brasileiros Magazine

2019 Women, forward: the female renewal in contemporary photography, Thyago Nogueira, Traço Magazine - SP Arte

2018 In the name of the Father, Ronaldo Entler, ZUM/IMS Online Magazine

2017 New Stories for Brazilian Art, Paula Carvalho, Bravo Magazine