The author analyzes visual archives that offer us a kind of listening to the frequencies (Campt 2017) of moments of transition (Snorton 2017) that foregrounds the political dimension of the signs created through the portrayal of black trans women in the black diaspora in order to index the histories of representational, restorative and healing justice led by those women. Santana argues that those archives produce a conversation with praxes of fugitivity that constitute a form of embodied knowledge of refusal of those being centered on it, who are producing and calling attention to those experiences as informative to transformative justice and accessible futures.
Dr. Dora Santana is a black Brazilian trans woman warrior, scholar, activist, artist, storyteller of experiences embodied in language and flesh. She is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies at John Jay College – CUNY. Her work has been published in the Transgender Studies Quarterly – TSQ, The Issue of Blackness, under the title “Transitionings and Returnings: Experiments with the Poetics of Transatlantic Water,” and in the issue Trans in Las Americas, whose title is “Mais Viva! Reassembling transness, blackness and feminism.” She has been an artist-in-residence for allgo, a queer people of color organization in Austin -TX, in 2017 (with a solo Performance titled “Minha Filha! A black trans daughterhood”) and 2018 (with her watercolor paintings exhibit titled “Trans* Stellar Visions.”). She has also written for Feminist Wire, Daily Texan, and Blogueiras Negras.