Posted by Alex on October 4, 2017
https://www.youthvoices.live/2017/10/04/caja-de-sombras/

Shadow Box

Shadow Box Artist Statement

Alex Tum

 

The objects in my Shadow Box represents my counter narrative. When people see me they might think that because I am a teenager that I might not do my work and that I am reckless. Most of the time it’s true. But not all the time. Sometimes I do my work and I get it done. If it’s something important that I have to do than I do it. When it’s time for me to get serious I do the work. The rubric in my Shadow Box shows that I can pass things if I chose to. I got a 2 in the rubric so I passed but I could try harder and pass with a higher grade. That’s my counter narrative because I am showing that I can get work done and that I can also can do better if I put my mind on it. Being a teenager is a assigned identity but trying to be a good treenager is a chosen identity. When I see myself sometimes I think that I am a reckless and a person who doesn’t care but then I also see that I can chose who I want to be and that I don’t have to let people decide if I am a bad person.

I am latino and my counter narrative is that I don’t only eat like tamales and tacos. I put the chicken because I also like chicken. Being Latino is an assigned identity and I am proud to be Latino. Some Latinos don’t make very good choices but that doesn’t meant that I do bad choices to. People get judged for the people actions that and that not good. Over all I just want to say that I am me and that no one can change who I am and if they don’t like who I am the have to deal with it because it is not them.