This poster was created in November 2016, as part of the Trans Day of Resilience Art Project. It was made by Edxie Betts in collaboration with the TGI Justice Project in San Francisco.
Edxie Betts is a Black Pilipin@ BlackFoot Queer Trans Gender Non Conforming Anti-authoritarian Femme neuro-divergent, autonomous organizer, political cultural producer, and liberation artist.
“For me, this project is a great way for us as TGNC folx of color to shift the struggles and tragedies many of us face into powerful reimaginings and meaningful experiences that illuminate our collective resilience. It’s so very important for our stories to be seen and heard. Once upon a time before colonization we were seen as sacred contributors to our ancestral communities. What strengths would our futures hold if we took into account the values of our torrid and colonized past?”
“This surreal image centers three trans and gender nonconforming folx of color, making their own boundaries, demanding that the world STOP to take in what we as trans people are holding with us through time. Used in the image is also sacred geometry, which influences space and emotions to heal from the many points of power it draws from. All symbols represent freedom, healing and transformation, in addition to protective wishes and necessary offensive stances when it comes to actively protecting that which we hold as sacred: our spacetime, collective autonomy and each other.”
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.