Exhibition Detail

Alexandria Valdes: The Elevator Pitch

The Elevator Pitch

Alexandria Valdes

While many have a prepared elevator pitch ready to explain their qualifications for a job, I often use my thirty seconds to depict my ethnic background. Throughout my entire life, I have prepared this thirty second clarification before being flooded with a wave of questions. Many cannot grasp the concept of mixed children that do not follow the black and white binary we associate with interracial children in America. My own culture is defined by my mother’s Amerasian identity and the combination of my father’s German and Cuban heritage. I am 25% Korean, Cuban, German, and Scandinavian. Because of this, 25% has been a percentile defining my personal identity my entire life. I encourage you to take a look through my stories and interpret my experiences without the restraint of that thirty second limit.

Website: Alexandria Valdes

On view at Stamps Gallery

This work is featured as part of Exchanges: How We Got Here, The 2018 Stamps Senior Show, unfolding during the month of April in four exhibition sites throughout the city of Ann Arbor: the Michigan Theater, Duderstadt Video Studio, Work Commons in the Art & Architecture Building, and Stamps Gallery. Each space will host key exhibition events including film/video screenings, live performance, and opening receptions. Check the exhibition page for dates, times and hours.