Latinxs. Our diaspora spans the entire globe and our cultural roots and identities are diverse. However, although there are a quarter-million Latin Americans that live in the UK and we are one of the fastest-growing ethnic groups, there is a severe lack of visibility of the Latin American community, particularly outside of London. Not much is done to draw attention to this. The Latin American identity is subconsciously washed out by a lack of understanding and education about our cultures, resulting in young Latinxs growing up feeling lost and isolated. When growing up, I dealt with my Bolivian identity by brushing it off and trying to fit in with my white dominant environment, resulting in a loss of culture growing up. I had very little exposure to Latin American culture and didn’t know where to begin looking when I did start trying to reconnect. This issue is ultimately what ‘Los Otros’ aims to resolve.
Through this project and publication, I provide some visibility and a voice to those in this marginalised community with photography, and in doing so I hope to grow close to my Latin American roots and reconnect with the many other local Latinxs.