Archivo de la Memoria Trans / Archive of Trans Memory: Family Album

Part two of Archives of Resistance: Northern Migration

Images from Family Album (2022), Archivo de la Memoria Trans/Archive of Trans Memory (ATM)

Archives of Resistance – Exhibition 2:
Family Album by Archivo de la Memoria Trans

December 8, 2022 – January 11, 2023
Artist Talk: December 9, 2022, 6pm ET | Register on Eventbrite

Archives of Resistance: NORTHERN MIGRATION is an online project that brings together artists, designers, archive enthusiasts, and educators. Together, they draw parallels between narratives of resistance across the Americas to highlight those often forgotten or dismissed in colonized lands.

We are pleased to present Family Album, the second exhibition from this series showcasing the collection of photographs and narratives by Archivo de la Memoria Trans/Archive of Trans Memory (ATM) from Buenos Aires, Argentina. The Archive contains a collection of more than 15,000 documents including family photographs, letters, newspaper articles, ID cards, and more.

This exhibition will be on view from December 8, 2022, to January 11, 2023.

Join us for a talk by the collective on December 9, 2022, at 6pm ET. Please register for free on Eventbrite.

Collective members will present the history of their community and their archives, with surviving members of their Trans community illustrating their hardship and resistance. This talk will be in Spanish with English translation available.

Stay tuned for upcoming exhibitions in the Archive of Resistance series by the Catrileo+Carrión Community (USA/Chile) and the collaborative team of Marton Robinson (Canada/Costa Rica) and Lishan AZ (USA). The next exhibition will be launched online on January 12, 2023.

Archivo de la Memoria Trans/Archive of Trans Memory (AMT) was created to protect, build, and vindicate Trans memory in Argentina. Trans women activists María Belén Correa and Claudia Pía Baudracco envisioned a space to bring together fellow survivors along with their memories and images. In 2012 Pía passed away, just months before the Gender Identity Law was passed in Argentina. While in exile, María Belén founded AMT, meeting with her fellow survivors around the world. For two years, AMT existed as a virtual space to share anecdotes, photos, testimonies, and letters from the community. In 2014, collaborator and visual artist Cecilia Estalles began the archiving process to compile, preserve, and protect the memories of the Trans community in Argentina.

The Archive contains a collection of more than 15,000 documents. The items in the archive are from the early 20th century to the late 1990s. This rich collection includes photographs, film, audio bytes, journals, and official documents (identification cards, passports, letters, notes, police files, and magazine articles). AMT’s mission is to gather and rescue a collection of archives that reveals the history of the Argentine trans community as a reference to their collective memory. By collecting documents that illustrate the lives of Trans women, they support the fight against systemic Transphobia in society. Their work includes educational training as well as activities to demand equal rights for Trans women in the workforce. The Archive is a cooperative space in which artists, activists, archivists, journalists, historians, curators, art critics, editors, conservators, researchers, and teachers collaborate to create projects in diverse media and languages.

Currently, its working team includes María Belén Correa, Cecilia Estalles, Carmen Ibarra, Cecilia Saurí, Magalí Muñiz, Carola Figueredo, Teté Vega, Luis Juárez, Julieta Gonzalez, Sonia Beatriz Torrese, Carolina Nastri, Guade Bongiovanni, Marina Cisneros, Katiana Villagra, Paola Guerrero.

soJin Chun is a Toronto-based curator/educator/artist that explores the alternative dialogues that emerge in-between cultures and disciplines. With a focus on connecting with youth, community members, and artists, her work unpacks identities and narratives that exist outside of dominant representations. soJin’s diverse art practice has been informed by her personal experience living in the Korean diaspora in Bolivia and Canada. She aims to create spaces to present contemporary art that is socially engaged and relevant to everyday communities. Collaboration is an essential part of her process as she has worked extensively with under-represented communities in Canada and South America. Through International artist residencies, soJin has developed a collaborative art practice working with local communities to resist stereotypes, gentrification and displacement. Chun has participated in international film festivals such as the Oberhausen International Film Festival (2020). She has exhibited Internationally in DIY art spaces, galleries and museums. soJin’s video works are represented by GIV (Montreal), CFMDC (Toronto) and Vtape (Toronto). Chun has a B.A. in Applied Arts from Ryerson University and a Masters in Communications and Culture from Ryerson/York Universities.

Established in 1967, CFMDC is a not-for-profit, non-commercial media arts distributor. We specialize in independent, artist-made work on film and video, including works from historically underrepresented communities. CFMDC advocates for a holistic understanding of production, distribution and exhibition that prioritizes artist rights, accessibility and the creation of new audiences through education and critical thinking. We have one of the most important collections of artist-made moving image on film in Canada that includes 16mm, 35mm and (s)8mm films.

Archives of Resistance: NORTHERN MIGRATION is supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

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