“Downtown New York performance stalwart.” – Joseph Cermatori, The New York Times
Carlos Soto (b. 1980) is a New York-based artist. Soto is a theatre maker, performer and designer concerned with the body as a site in which narrative threads of the personal, sexual, social and political become knotted; focusing on the poetics of the moving body and its opposition to language; broaching the unspeakable: absence, solitude, the monstrous, anger, horror and pleasure. His performances include my heart’s in my hand and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught, Guggenheim Museum, Works & Process, New York, NY (2011); Miss Every Evening, in The Life and Death of Marina Abramovic, Manchester International Festival, Manchester, UK (2011-2013); Pig Pig Pig, Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia (2010); and GIRLMACHINE, Performa 09, The Italian Academy at Columbia University, New York, NY (2009). His residencies include The Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY (2009, 2015); Willem de Kooning Studio, Springs, NY (2012); and Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany (2008). Soto studied Art History and Visual Arts at Pratt Institute before embarking on a long-term collaboration with Robert Wilson.
Featured Image Photo Credit: Lovis Ostenrik
Pig Pig Pig, Moscow Museum of Art (2010). Photo Credit: Aram Haus
my heart’s in my hand and my hand is pierced, and my hand’s in the bag, and the bag is shut, and my heart is caught, Guggenheim Museum / Works & Process (2011). Photo Credit: Pavel Antonov
I could hear the ground crunch beneath my feet like crusted snow or glass or something, The Watermill Center (2011). Photo Credit: Lovis Ostenrik
close your eyes up tight, video still, Willem de Kooning Studio, Pace Gallery (2013). Photo Credit: Courtesy of the Artist