Artist Projects

Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects


Chris E. Vargas

Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects, part of the conceptual-art project Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA), is a visual and material exploration of objects that hold significance in narrating the history of transgender communities. The objects—such as the first transgender pride flag, designed by Monica Helms—point to larger cultural and political issues while inviting critical attention to the ways that transgender history is continually being written and rewritten. After assessing the absences in a number of LGBTQ archives throughout the U.S. and Canada, Vargas will commission transgender artists to fabricate missing objects. Accompanying text will explore the reasons for each absence. The project will take the form of exhibitions (in gallery spaces and online), a book and a touring multimedia presentation.