Brief History of US Interventions in Latin America Since 1946, 2005/14. Endless supply of an offset lithograph on newsprint, 22 x 16 1/2 inches (56 x 42 cm) each. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Guggenheim UBS MAP Purchase Fund 2014.39 Installation view: Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, June 13–October 1, 2014. Photo: Kristopher McKay
Brief History is part of a series produced by Carlos Motta between 2005 and 2009 that presents two chronologies of events in Latin America: one of U.S. interventions in the region since 1946, and one of the area’s leftist guerrilla movements. One side of the print outlines the interventions’ interconnected narratives in text; the other depicts two bloody handprints and the symbol of the Mano Blanco death squads from 1980s El Salvador. The whole work thus contrasts the orderly, objective quality of written “facts” with the visceral immediacy of images associated with violence.