Desire & Resistance: Unearthing Trans Legacies at Digital Gym

Thursday, May 16th 2019 7:00pm to 9:00pm

2018 was a moment of increased visibility for trans people; recent cultural shifts see far more representation across the media, governance, and health care. Yet, these appearances are more suggestive of the trappings of a visibility designed more so as “teaching tools” for those outside trans communities. It is still challenging to locate an entirely trans-specific history, or physical evidence of a past prior to these sudden and current “revelations” of visibility. In this program of short films, trans artists address the erasure of rich legacies of trans activism and art by creating artworks that revisit and re-imagine these stories. Mining existing archives and creating new ones, Unearthing Trans Legacies proposes alternative modes of retrieving and disseminating a trans past through an erotic gaze and experiments in form and narrative storytelling. Defiantly looking towards a future of pleasure, play, and beauty; these works place trans sexual expression and resistance in conversation with a non-linear idea of history, that is both real and fabricated, to address how limited evidence of a past shapes our understandings of the present. Trans artists have found that oppression does not solely affect our material conditions. Our relationships with each other, our ancestors, and communities are also at stake. Trans visibility should acknowledge the lived archive.

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This event is sponsored by the UC San Diego LGBT Resource Center, Visual Arts Department, Marshall College, and the Film Studies Program.



HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARSHA! by Reina Gossett and Sasha Wortzel (2018)

AT LEAST YOU KNOW YOU EXIST by Zackary Drucker (2014)

BESIDE THE WATER, 1999-2004 by Finn Paul (2018)

FLYHOLE by Malic Amalya (2017)

DESPERADO by Andre Keichian (2010)

MIGHTY REAL by Vincente Ugartechea (2018)


COOL FOR YOU by Vika Kirchenbauer (2016)


PHINEAS SLIPPED by Cary Cronenwett (2002)

OUTLAW by Alisa Lebow (1994)

Digital Gym

The Digital Gym is a nonprofit community based media center with a Cinema, Workshops, Lounge, and Store. 

2921 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA, 92104 (619) 230.1938 Website