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.

Nancy Flores / www.Statesman.com 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.

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