"The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible"
—Toni Cade Bambara
Micah Bazant is a trans visual artist who works with social justice movements to reimagine the world. They create art inspired by struggles to decolonize ourselves from white supremacy, patriarchy, ableism, and the gender binary. Micah is an anti-zionist jew and identifies as trans, nonbinary, and timtum (one of six traditional jewish gender categories). They make art as a practice of love and solidarity with trans liberation and racial justice movements to build power. The ongoing process of developing ethical models for collaboration with grassroots community organizations is a large part of their work.
Micah has worked with hundreds of social justice groups across the US, and their work has been shared millions of times on social media and in the streets, as well as in galleries, museums and publications. They co-founded the Trans Life + Liberation Art Series and the Trans Day of Resilience art project, to help support and celebrate trans people of color while they are alive. In March 2017, Micah joined the staff of the national organization Forward Together as Artist in Residence. They are also an advisory board member of Sins Invalid, and a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council.
Micah's art has been exhibited internationally at places like the Brooklyn Museum, Galeria de La Raza, The Luggage Store, and Interference Archive, and in hundreds of actions in the streets. Their work has been featured in many publications, from online platforms such as Rewire and Them, to books such as Trap Door: Trans Cultural Production and the Politics of Visibility and Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color, to national trans prisoner newsletters like Stiletto.
They illustrated the animated short film The Personal Things, directed by Reina Gossett and featuring the wisdom of Black trans elder and legendary activist Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Their art has also been included in the documentaries Major! and Free CeCe.
Micah lives in the Bay Area and enjoys learning the secret histories of plants, fostering monarch babies, and admiring sparkly things.