Zoom: Criminal Queers by Chris E. Vargas
Zoom, Bergen Kunsthall’s programme of artists’ films and video works presents an online screening of “Criminal Queers” and MOTHA talk with Chris E. Vargas on Facebook and Youtube Chris E. Vargas presents The Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) alongside a screening of Criminal Queers (with Eric Stanley). The screening takes place during Transgender Awareness Week 2020.
“The revolution has come! A fake museum with an imaginary past has re-invented itself for a post-revolutionary future. Re-introducing a new and improved “Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art.”The Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art (MOTHA) and the ongoing exhibition “Trans Hirstory in 99 Objects” was founded as a conceptual art project by artist Chris E. Vargas who performs as its Executive Director. The mission of MOTHA is to ask audiences to think critically about what a visual history of transgender life could and should look like, and if it’s even possible to compile a comprehensive history of an identity category for which the language is fairly new, sometimes contested, and still rapidly evolving. MOTHA’s physical status is “forever under construction” which allows the project to take multiple forms such as exhibitions, poster graphics, performances, and a virtual artist residency program.
Photo Still image from Criminal Queers, directed by Chris Vargas & Eric A. Stanley, 2020