My Shadow Box
By:Wendy Perez Govea
This Shadow Box represents my counter narrative of my own chosen identity. When people look at me, they see the dominant narratives you hear people say like because I am Mexican I’m an immigrant or I shouldn’t be here in the US. Many people assume that my assigned identity is what represents me but not all the time. For example, because my sex is female I’m supposed to look or act in a mannerly way. Also, people think that because I live in the United States I shouldn’t speak Spanish because English should be the only language spoken here. My box is a counter narrative of these few dominant narratives because I get to share some of my chosen identities that I am proud of and items that represent me. I have chosen to include a award in my Shadow Box because I earn a lot of awards trying to make a change in my family and move my family forward and show oppressors my family is capable of getting educated and move forward. I included a black rose because usually people believe the color black is a depressing color but I really like black and gold and roses are a flower that people find really pretty so it represents that it can be something nice not always depressing. I included my family/friends and Mexican flag because I am very happy to be Mexican and have such a loving and supportive family and friends (I wasn’t able to include everyone) but I included them because they support me a lot. I included hoops in my Shadow Box because people think if you wear them you are a hoe or a chola but to me I use them because they are really pretty and they make me comfortable with who I am. I included a SF symbol because is my hometown.