Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects: The University of Victoria Transgender Archives meets the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

January 13 – March 29, 2018

Legacy Downtown – 630 Yates St.

Guest curated by Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

Exhibition publication

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects brings together art and archival material from UVic’s world-renowned Transgender Archives to narrate an expansive and critical history of transgender communities. It is the third iteration in a multi-exhibition, multi-venue project organized by Chris E. Vargas.

Media: Galleries West | Border Crossings | CBC

 

  • Cassils Becoming An Image Performance Still No. 4 (National Theater Studio, SPILL Festival, London), 2013 c-print 22 x 30 inches edition of 5 photo: Cassils with Manuel VasonCourtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York

Programming

Curator’s Talk & Tour

Curator Talk with Chris Vargas & Exhibition Tour with Aaron Devor, Chair in Transgender Studies, Founder and Academic Director, The Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

Legacy Downtown  630 Yates St. |  January 13, 2018, 2pm | *free

Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects brings together art and archival material from UVic’s world-renowned Transgender Archives to narrate an expansive and critical history of transgender communities. It is the third iteration in a multi-exhibition, multi-venue project organized by Chris E. Vargas.

Public Talk  

Gender in the Round: Trans, Non-binary and Two-Spirit Reflections on Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects

Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St. | February 21, 2018 | 7pm | *free

Join gender diversity facilitator Kingsley Strudwick for an evening of audience engaged conversation with 4 guest speakers.

Facilitator: Kingsley Strudwick, founder of Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting, has been working in the community engagement and education sectors for ten years. Kingsley’s work focuses on transforming relationships as a means for greater social change.

Guest Speakers: Christine Fletcher comes from English settler families. She was a teenager in the ‘70s in the lands between prairie and foothills in Alberta, where gender was a rule, and journeys through or around it were drug assisted fantasies. She sits on the board of the Inner Activist, a non-profit whose mission is to help change workers improve the personal sustainability and systemic effectiveness of their work. While being grateful for advances made in recent decades, she writes songs and other stuff about how much more work there is to do.

Serena Bhandar is an uninvited settler on unceded WSANEC, Kosampson and Songhees territory. Her essays, stories and poetry have appeared in publications across Canada and the United States, and are featured in the print collections Fear This Queer and Nameless Woman. She works in community relations with the Anti-Violence Project, UVic’s sexual assault centre, and is in the midst of writing a manuscript on the embodied dualism of energy and entropy.

Waishan Yan

Public Performance

Cassils: Becoming an Image

March 7, 2018 | 7:30pm | *free | UVic Visual Arts Building | Room 150 | On the UVic Campus

Artist Talk with Cassils

March 8, 2018 | 7:30pm | *free | Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

Los Angeles-based Canadian visual and performance artist Cassils performs Becoming an Image. Originally conceived as a site-specific work for the ONE Archives in Los Angeles, this performance and artist talk are presented by UVic Legacy Art Galleries in conjunction with the exhibition Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects. This is a collaboration with UVic Visual Arts and Open Space with generous support from BC Arts CouncilCamosun College Visual ArtsUVic Libraries, and the UVic Chair in Transgender Studies.

Visit Cassils Website for more info.

Curator’s Talk

Introducing the Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

With Chris E. Vargas, Executive Director of the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA)

March 22, 2018 | 3pm | *free | Legacy Downtown | 630 Yates St.

In this talk MOTHA Executive Director, Chris E. Vargas will introduce the past and future plans and programs for this “forever under construction” institution. Vargas will also talk specifically about the museum’s on-going exhibition and book project Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects which is a creative and critical exploration of transgender archives and collections.

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist originally from Los Angeles, CA, currently based in Bellingham, WA. His work deploys humor and performance in conjunction with mainstream idioms to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical and institutional memory and popular culture. From 2008–13, Vargas collaborated with Greg Youmans to make the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love…with Chris and Greg. He also co-directed with Eric Stanley the movie Homotopia (2006) and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers (2015). He is the Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, a conceptual arts and hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape. chrisevargas.com