By Chris Vitiello
With what markers do you choose to identify yourself? The countries of your family's origin or the town you currently live in? Your stories and memories? The money you make or the stuff you buy with it? Or do you pretty much let who and what's around you define who you are? Who the hell are you, anyway? And, as important, why?
Necessary Fictions, a six-artist show in Golden Belt's Room 100 gallery in Durham through July 11, makes coherent some of the lines of force slashing through and emerging from the identity term "Latina/o." The show's curators—John Ribó, who is completing a comparative literature doctorate at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Mario Marzán, an artist and faculty member in UNC's art department—have brought together provocative work both with and without North Carolina connections, displaying an exciting diversity of thought and media.