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Chris E. Vargas on demands for trans+ affirming museums

The Ford Foundation

MOTHA was founded as a conceptual museum in 2013 to highlight trans art and history and engage critically with how transgender people are gaining entry into institutions that have historically excluded them. Initially I didn’t conceive of MOTHA as a real place because it didn’t seem possible to radically transform the structure of the museum to truly center the experience of trans+ BIPOC people and culture. After all, the very idea of a museum is so deeply entrenched in white cis colonialist ideology.

Chris E. Vargas is the Executive Director of the Museum of Trans Hirstory and Art (MOTHA) an an associate professor of Art at WWU.

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