Oproep 3: Digitaal werken in de kunsten
FINALIST: Trans* Futures Archive
In the arts — as reflecting society — Trans* & Intersex people face strong adversity navigating institutional mechanisms, resulting in a lack of participation. After Party Collective looks to the potential of the Digital to facilitate transnational gathering, as well as new ways of archiving & presenting work, foregrounding Trans* artists, voices, & crucial perspectives towards inclusive futures.
After Party Collective — formed by trans* identifying artist-curator duo, Vidisha-Fadescha & Shaunak Mahbubani — is interested in creating affirmative spaces for gender-variant people. From a past practice in community organizing, and manifesting spaces of celebration & solidarity, we see the stark difference in knowledge creation when spaces are led by and have majority trans* representation. As an evolution of our on-going open-call project “Trans* Futures Archive”, soon to be on view at ISCP New York, we are keen to create a digital home for this archive, where it can grow and be accessed globally. Drawing on the collective’s expertise in UX design & archiving, the platform’s information architecture will be constructed to allow for ability-inclusive uploading, easy customization, and agile exhibition making. The generous support of this grant will be used to build this digital platform, as well as resource fees for enlivening the archive through skill-building workshops, and inviting curators for frequent thematic exhibitions.
The aforementioned challenges for gender-variant people in navigating institutional mechanisms are problems that affect all regions, including Flanders and Brussels. Within the arts, these challenges often present themselves in issues of safety & acceptance within art schools, fetishization by galleries & commercial bodies, and discrimination in larger institutions such as museums. The creation of trans* led affirmative spaces aims to build a network that can cooperatively develop ways forward, and offer other forms of support such as group critiques & knowledge sharing. A confidence in the mechanisms of art will promote greater participation in existing institutional endeavours, and sow seeds towards new institutions with diversity & fairness at their core rather than secondary motivations. Additionally, issues of gender are not separate from issues of race, caste, ability, & migration, and we hope that learnings from setting up the platform could support other communities in manifesting more affirmative digital spaces.
After Party Collective (Vidisha-Fadescha & Shaunak Mahbubani) ; email@example.com
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