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El Pertenecer en Tiempos Modernos (Belonging in Modern Times)
by Karen Navarro


El Pertenecer en Tiempos Modernos (Belonging in Modern Times) (2019) explores social media platforms, such as Facebook and Instagram. It examines their role in how we present ourselves, as well as how we externally validate our identity online. Inspired by the Cubist investigation of materiality and perspective, I create collaged portraits of subjects who utilize these platforms as a way to amplify the layers distancing the subjects’ authentic selves from their constructed selves—underscoring the mutability of identity in the digital age. Embossed on the paper are the words of popular hashtags. Acting as an invisible tattoo, these words are aspirational—a call to wear the seal of the virtual tribe you wish to belong to.