The Art Handlxrs* is a group dedicated to the support and growth of BIPOC, queer, non-binary, and trans people, and womxn* in the professional arts industry as preparators, art handlxrs, technicians, fabricators, and other industry support roles.
Art Handlxrs* aims to connect our community through mixers, offer basic skill sets and technique workshops, increase information sharing through forums and published manuals, provide training for interested individuals to learn how to handle and install artwork in partnership with local institutions, and bolster the internal support systems within organizations to provide a safer and welcoming work environment for everyone.
- Marcel Pardo Ariza is a co-founder of Art Handxlrs*. They are a trans visual artist, curator, and art worker that explores the relationship of representation, intergenerational kinship, and queerness through constructed photographs, site-specific installations, and public programming. Their work is invested in creating long term interdisciplinary collaborations and opportunities that are non-hierarchical, decentralized, and equitable. They have worked in the civic engagement department at YBCA and served on the Curatorial Council at Southern Exposure. Ariza is currently a lecturer at CCA and SFSU.
- Ambrose Trataris is a co-founder of Art Handlxrs*. He is a queer non-binary conceptual artist, curator, and art worker based in the Bay Area. They use sculpture, installation, and movement to enact and perform embodied historical language and non-consensual social boundaries and meant to govern and dictate our identity, sense of worth, and communal relations. He is dedicated to creating partnerships with institutions to develop lasting changes for racial and social equity.