By: Alison Folgar
When people look at me they see right through me. All these people have this dominant narrative written on me way before they even know my name. A dominant narrative is something that a group of people believe is true about you before they have even met you. I start off by introducing myself “ hi, my name is Alison”. This name gave me my assigned identity. And before you ask, no I am not White, I’m actually full on Guatemalan. These assigned identities impact me a lot in what I value and how my gender identity is shown. In my shadow box I have quotes all around the outside, defining my openness, quotes that describe me as a woman, and some more objects that just help me be positive. Inside my shadow box, I have a few pictures that just bring out the warm feeling of home, laughter and love. I show off how important Guatemala is for me because I show off the pila which is a big sink with 3 holes to do whatever you need to do . These are the counter narratives that I show in my shadow box. I show what I believe what I value. I show off who I am and who or what I identity as.
Tags: #lifeacademy #shadowboxes #ethnicstudies #guatemalan #proudofbeingwhoIam