Micah Bazant is a trans visual artist who works with social justice movements to reimagine the world. They make art as a practice of love and solidarity with trans justice and racial justice movements to help build power and shift cultural narratives. Micah has worked with hundreds of groups across the US, and their work has been shared millions of times online, in galleries, museums, and publications, and in the streets. They co-founded the Trans Life + Liberation Art Series and the Trans Day of Resilience art project. Micah is the Artist in Residence at Forward Together.
Presentations from Facing Race 2018
For trans people of color to not only survive, but thrive, we need to reimagine our world. Our communities need visionary solutions, and art will help lead the way. For four years, Forward Together has supported trans and non-binary artists of color coming together to create visions of a world beyond fear and violence through the Trans Day of Resilience (TDOR) art project. Rooted in love and power, artists activists create a positive reflections of community, lift up trans leadership and center the power and beauty of thriving trans futures. This is how we fight back—by celebrating trans power and resilience.
Trans Day of Resilience (TDOR) is an extension and re-imagining of Transgender Day of Remembrance, the annual event memorializing people killed by anti-trans violence. The TDOR Art Project brings together trans visual artists and poets, and trans justice organizations. Rooted in the transformative power of art created by those most impacted by intersecting systems of oppression, the TDOR art project offers visionary solutions for a better world.
In this session, we’ll explore how artists and organizers can produce transformative work through relationship building, cross-movement collaboration, and a deeply held shared purpose. Through stories from the TDOR art project, participants will learn how to center the radical imaginations of culture workers, and build powerful relationships that celebrate trans futures in the movement. Participants will leave with collaborative principles designed to shift culture and artistically fuel our collective liberation.Speakers: Micah Bazant, Kwan Moonlite, Amir Khadar