Chris E. Vargas on demands for trans+ affirming museums

MOTHA was founded as a conceptual museum in 2013 to highlight trans art and history and engage critically with how transgender people are gaining entry into institutions that have historically excluded them. Initially I didn’t conceive of MOTHA as a real place because it didn’t seem possible to radically transform the structure of the museum to truly center the experience of trans+ BIPOC people and culture. After all, the very idea of a museum is so deeply entrenched in white cis colonialist ideology.