“Clearly, the world to question is that of heterosexual hegemony” - Susy Shock
| By Gabby De Cicco
Susy Shock is a trans artivist from Argentina who has published four books, an album, and a documentary about her life. Raised in tenement housing in the city of Buenos Aires, Susy recognizes the privilege of having grown up in a home where she felt accepted for who she is.
Susy’s current work focuses on creating material to target institutions and people involved in the education sector. In Argentina, education (and many aspects of life) are strongly influenced by the dictates of the Catholic Church, and its nexus with heteropatriarchy. Susy’s goal is to disrupt that consensus in order to centre the needs of trans children both within and outside of the classrooms.
Susy has forged her trava1 activist path with trans activists Marlene Wayar and Lohana Berkins. Together with Camila Sosa Villada and Naty Mestrual, they have dedicated their voices and bodies to making visible the trans and trava writing and performing scene in Argentina.
“I am from the generation of Never Again, so my first political training comes from that adolescent period when democracy was returning to Argentina. My theatre studies as a teenager led me to become a stage artist. That feeling of there being someone to say something to, of the need to move, to talk – that was what led me to develop activist consciousness.
My own search for identity started from an understanding of self in the context of a struggle for human rights.”
1 Trava is a term used by travestis in Argentina to name themselves, a short form of 'travesti' but also used to indicate a working class affiliation.