The Cultural Alter Ego

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

So many of us look to find an image of ourselves within our pop culture as a representation of who we are or what we can become.  However that search is often times for not, especially for minorities.  Cultural representation within the media is often misconstrued  and stereotyped because our media makers often don’t reflect diversity.  Your cultural group may not reflect what’s seen in the media because those who depict your culture may know nothing about it.  They only have their perception of your group and may not seek guidance from first hand accounts as a means of a check and balance system when creating their media.  And though times have changed since the creation of such controversial movies like D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, we still have not found a balance of cultural representation in the production rooms of many studios and networks.  So instead of getting a reflection of your culture on your television, movie screen, or magazine, you end up seeing a cultural alter ego.

This is my first image of an ongoing series in which I would like to juxtapose these cultural alter egos of which I speak of, to that which rightly represents a particular culture.  Let me know what you think!  Enjoy!

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