Archivo de la Memoria Trans: Nuestros códigos (Our codes)
On view through January 7, 2024
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art
New York, New York
Archivo de la Memoria Trans (AMT), in the words of its members, is a space for the protection, construction, and vindication of trans memory. Since the late 1990s, activists Claudia Pía Baudracco and María Belén Correa had dreamed of gathering their friends and fellow survivors—of violence and murder by the police, imprisonment, and the AIDS pandemic—to share memories and images of one another. In 2012, months after the death of Claudia Pía and the approval of Argentina’s Gender Identity Law (which removed barriers to legal gender recognition and provided healthcare to trans youth and adults), Belén founded AMT on social media while living in exile in Germany. Together with photographer Cecilia Estalles, Belén developed the project, collecting and scanning the personal archives of Argentine trans women and sharing their lives and histories online and through print publications.
[Image: Unknown photographer, Julieta Gonzalez La Trachi, 1977, Photograph, 5.1 x 3.5 in. Courtesy of the artist and Archivo de la Memoria Trans]