‘Austin Gente’ Video, Story Series Launches Sunday

Ire'ne Lara Silva
Poet Ire’ne Lara Silva throws one of her famous gritos.

By Nancy Flores

We’re launching a new video and story series called “Austin Gente,” which features Austinites sharing stories about their Latino experience. In the first installment we talk about identity. The stuff you don’t typically bring up with your friends or family. How do you identify? What do you say when someone asks, ‘What are you?’

We chatted with three Austinites- poet Ire’ne Lara Silva, spray can artist Nathan “Sloke One” Nordstrom and multidisciplinary artist Leticia Rodriguez Garza–about their personal identity stories. Each of them brings a unique point of view, and, despite having different experiences and backgrounds, makes up a part of the diverse and complex Latino reality.

Nathan "Sloke One" Nordstrom photo
Nathan “Sloke One” Nordstrom is an accompished spray can artist.

Look for it on Sunday at statesman.com and in the Life & Arts section of the Austin American-Statesman. In the mean time, check out these behind-the-scene photos I shot. We had a lot of fun in the studio, and hope to highlight more Austin Latinos in this ongoing series.

Leticia Rodriguez Garza photo
Leticia Rodriguez Garza serenaded us during the video shoot.


Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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