Society has made great strides in the acceptance and inclusion of the wide variety of genders that have been developed until today, but there is still a way to go. We born in a society with predefined roles and few options of categorization to choose, these options are extended over the years but there are still biases out there about the identity we choose.
“Process of construction of meaning of ourselves based on cultural attributes” is how Manuel Castells defines identity. But the theory of social identity by Henri Tajfel and John Turner can help us to understand perfectly the social identity and the creation of prejudices and stereotypes in society as it is based on 3 main ideas: Categorization, identification and comparison. First, we categorize people to understand them, once categorized we can find the category to which we think we belong with and feel identified with it. The last step is comparison; we self-evaluate ourselves to see if we are alike to the others.
In this modern age I would add acceptance to culminate this theory and adapt it to an idea of social and gender identification, and when I talk about acceptance I am hinting to what is in front of our eyes, to accept as valid what does not resemble us.
And that would close a cycle to what many are already identified, but what happen when we are not identified and do not fit into any of those categories? There are so many options out there, there is so much diversity that our eyes should be already used to seeing things that do not resemble us.
Going back to the main idea: we are born in a society with predefined roles and few options of categorization to choose, but also we born as a blank canvas; children are born without a perception of the masculine and feminine and have no idea of the tons of prejudices and stereotypes that exist behind objects, colors and manners.
In order to complement the concept of identification I want to redirect this article into art and I would add two different paths: An abstract and a figurative one. Because we are born with the idea of belonging to the figurativism: retaining strong references from the real world and following the role model we have in front of our eyes; but we can decide to be abstract: being independent from the visual references from the world, avoiding imitation or reproduction from the verisimilar world.
So, at the end you will decide what kind of art you want to be: figurative as a Monet or so abstract as a Mondrian.
An article by Federico Garza