Colectivo transnacional de archivistas, historiadores orales y gestores culturales.
By Us, For Us. We believe in the power and self-determination of our own narratives, identities, and collective memories. Our communities are the true knowledge-holders.
We believe in the potential of the archive as radical or experimental in form, as a site of resistance to further advance movement-building and solidarity.
We seek to build spaces centered on transnational and equitable solidarity within Latin America and Latinx communities throughout the US. We acknowledge the importance of decentralizing from the dominant US/Euro-centric lens.
We seek to create networks of support to leverage resources from North to South and vice versa.
We seek to leverage the privileges we hold as archivists and cultural workers via the creation, collection, and distribution of archival resources in our languages first and foremost while amplifying the work currently taking place within our communities.
We recognize the complexities of gender, race, class, and color both in Latin America and within a US-based context. Given the array of identities found in our communities, we understand that both contexts are not the same nor is one more valid than the other. At the same time, we acknowledge that it is the legacies of colonialism, racism, patriarchy, and heteronormativity that have silenced our communities primarily womxn, indigenous, Afro & LGBTQ communities. We hope that through these complexities, we’re able to hold space to continue this transnational dialogue and most importantly build collaborations centered in equity.
While we’re not exclusively a womxn-identifying collective, we honor that we are womxn-founded as womxn’s contributions – including emotional labor – have traditionally been overlooked both throughout our histories and present – including within the archival field.
We are committed to anti-oppressive practices in our work by challenging and disrupting existing hierarchical and traditional methods and structures of archiving.
We reject the appropriation, commodification, and exploitation of individuals’ and communities’ stories/histories.