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Chris E. Vargas

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2020 Fellowship Awards
Whatcom County



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Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art, Trans Hirstories of the Bay Area, Mixed Media, Variable Dimensions, 2019, Photo Credit: Courtesy of Oakland Museum of California

Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art, MOTHA and Chris E. Vargas: Consciousness Razing—The Stonewall Re-Memorialization Project [exhibition view New Museum, NYC], Mixed Media, Variable Dimensions, 2018-2019, Photo Credit: Maris Hutchinson / EPW Studio

Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art, Trans Video store [exhibition view: Portland Art Museum], Mixed Media, Variable Dimensions, 2018, Photo Credit: Courtesy of Portland Art Museum.

Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art, Pronoun Showdown, Digital graphic and screen print, Variable Dimensions, 2015, Photo Credit: Chris E. Vargas

Museum of Trans Hirstory & Art, Transvestism in the News, Newsprint Broadside, 22.75" x 30", 2015, Photo Credit: Chris E. Vargas

Chris E. Vargas is a video maker and interdisciplinary artist, originally from Los Angeles, CA, currently based in Bellingham, WA. His work deploys humor and performance in conjunction with mainstream idioms to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical and institutional memory and popular culture. He earned his MFA in the department of Art Practice from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011. He is a recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital award and a 2020 John S. Guggenheim fellowship. From 2008 – 2013, in collaboration with Greg Youmans, he made the web-based trans/cisgender sitcom “Falling In Love…with Chris and Greg.” With Eric Stanley, Vargas co-directed the movie “Homotopia” (2006) and its feature-length sequel “Criminal Queers” (2015). Vargas is Executive Director of MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, a critical and conceptual arts & hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape.

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