Rommy Torrico is a DACAmented, queer, trans (non binary), nonwhite artist and activist born in Iquique, Chile and currently residing in Jersey City. They have been involved in the (im)migrant rights struggle for several years and infuse much of their work with personal experience and the stories their community shares. Rommy is part of a grassroots initiative, the Collier County Neighborhood Stories Project, which believes in the strength our communities have and how powerful stories can really be. . More of their art is available here.
“Most of my sentiment throughout the process of creating this piece was urgency and raw, powerful emotion. I realized it was necessary for me to reach beyond ache in order to truly uplift our divine trans siblings; those with us, those detained and those watching over us, and depict a world that they, and all of us, could be proud of. We own this resilience as part of the journey toward liberation, and this is my way of recognizing that that journey is anything but quiet; it’s fiery and dynamic and and shameless and angry and hopeful and beautiful.”
Trans Day of Resilience Art Project uses art and activism to celebrate trans people of color in their lives and leadership, not just in death. It is supported by Strong Families. Learn more at tdor.co.
This print is one of six posters created for the 2016 Trans Day of Resilience Art Project. The complete set of 2015 & 2016 posters is available here. The other posters included in the 2016 project can be found here: Micah Bazant, Wriply Marie Bennet, Edxie Betts, Matice Moore, Asia-Vinae J. Palmer, and Rommy Torrico.