by Diana McClure
Interdisciplinary artist Jaret Vadera often juxtaposes the way individuals imagine themselves against the way others imagine them. For Vadera, the reality of identity is not static. It cannot be reduced to a political equation or an overgeneralization. His interrogation into what it means to exist beyond binary notions of identity is extremely relevant in this twenty-first-century moment of transition in the American psyche, where conversations on intersectionality abound. His navigation of this terrain will be on view in “CTRL+ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures,” presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center this weekend. Featuring artworks, performances, and dialogues, the two-day lab takes place at the location of the former Pearl River Mart, an iconic shopping landmark in New York’s Chinatown that recently closed its doors due to rising rent.