International trans artists met with Uruguayan curators in Montevideo Friday to discuss access to arts education, cultural production and art produced by the trans community.
Andres Scagliola, executive director for Montevideo's Secretary of Diversity, said the symposium aims to study the situation and analyze how those responsible – including the city – can change current trends.
The symposium is part of Trans Art Week, an arts festival celebrated in Uruguay's capital for the second time that seeks to 'reflect on the participation of trans persons in artistic formation, creation and production.'
Leho de Sosa, one of the festival's coordinators, told EFE: "Just as trans people have no access to many rights, obviously the right to culture is relegated… If you don't have the basic rights, you will less likely be able to exercise the right to culture."
The issue is not about trans people being explicitly banned from access, but rather about socioeconomic discrimination that makes them feel unwelcome, de Sosa said: "Art is classist and part of that classism excludes people who are poor, women and also trans people."
Because of this, the festival's coordinators believe positive discrimination is necessary to improve trans people's access to art and culture as both producers and audience.
In its second edition, which brings together trans artists from Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Germany and Uruguay, participants will continue building a cultural network "that promotes the democratization of art and culture."