Archivo de la Memoria Trans / Archive of Trans Memory
Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Archive of Trans Memory (AMT) protects, builds and vindicates Trans memory in Argentina. Trans women activists, María Belén Correa and Claudia Pía Baudracco envisioned how they could bring together their fellow survivors and subsequently their memories and images. In 2012, Pía passed away just months before the Gender Identity Law became a reality in Argentina. While in exile, María Belén founded the AMT where she met with her fellow survivors who lived in different parts of the world. For two years, the AMT existed as a virtual space to share anecdotes, photos, testimonies, and letters from the community. In 2014, collaborator and visual artist, Cecilia Estalles, began the archiving process to compile, preserve and protect the memories of the Trans community in Argentina.
The Archive contains a collection of more than 15,000 documents. The items in the archive are from the early 20th century until the late 1990s. This is a rich collection that includes photographs, film, audio bytes, journals and official documents such as Identification cards, passports, letters, notes, police files, and magazine articles. The AMT's mission is to gather and rescue a collection of archives that outline the history of the Argentine trans community. The AMT’s policy is to document the lives of Trans women to support the fight against systemic Transfobia in society through educational training and activism for equal rights for Trans women in the workforce. In addition, the Archive is a cooperative space in which artists, activists, archivists, journalists, historians, curators, art critics, editors, conservators, researchers and teachers collaborate to create new projects in diverse media and languages.
Currently, its working team includes María Belén Correa, Cecilia Estalles, Carmen Ibarra, Cecilia Saurí, Magalí Muñiz, Carola Figueredo, Teté Vega, Luis Juárez, Julieta Gonzalez, Sonia Beatriz Torrese, Carolina Nastri, Guade Bongiovanni, Marina Cisneros, Katiana Villagra, Paola Guerrero.archivotrans.ar