latinos who lunch
Latinos Who Lunch is a podcast that was created to provide a digital media platform that reflected the intersectionality between queer, Latinx, and Spanglish voices in an Anglo dominated podcast world. FavyFav and Babelito approach the topics of identity politics, food, family and history in a responsible yet humorous way. Latinos Who Lunch intends to blend all these ideas together by placing into context everything from a piñata as a symbol of multiculturalism in Mexico, to the politics of Frida Kahlo as an icon of Mexicanidad. By maintaining visibility, accessibility and a philosophy of de-centering white male dominating cultural practices at the core mission of their content, Latinos Who Lunch strives to open a dialogue with their listeners about topics that many podcasts will not address. Every ten or so episodes they read and discuss listeners’ emails hoping to expand on the topics they discussed in previous programs. Latinos Who Lunch has also started a growing collaboration with a large community of Latinx podcasts, in and outside the United States, by encouraging their listeners to support them. One of the central ideas behind this promotion is to make these conversations more visible within the podcast community.
Emmanuel Ortega, aka Babelito, is a recent Ph.D. in Ibero-America colonial art history from the University of New Mexico. Since 2007 he has explored themes of violence, identity, race and class difference in colonial Latin American art. Among other venues, Babelito has presented his work at The Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), The Denver Art Museum, and The College of Art Association and American Studies Association. He has curated art exhibitions for Museo de Arte Religioso Ex-Convento de Santa Mónica in Puebla México, for the Mexican Consulate in Las Vegas and for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). An essay titled "Hagiographical Misery and the Liminal Witness: Novohispanic Franciscan Martyr Portraits and the Politics of Imperial Expansion," published by Brill at the end of 2017. Currently, Emmanuel teaches at UNLV, collaborates to the education programs of Arquetopia, Foundation for Development in Puebla and Oaxaca Mexico, and lectures on Latinx visibility in the podcast world.
Justin Favela aka FavyFav is a Las Vegas native working in the mediums of painting, sculpture, and performance. His work draws from art history, popular culture and his Guatemalan/Mexican heritage. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Arts from UNLV and has participated in exhibitions across the United States and the United Kingdom. Las Vegas venues include the Contemporary Arts Center, Trifecta Gallery and The Clark County Government Center. Favela has curated many shows throughout southern Nevada, at spaces such as UNLV’s Marjorie Barrick Museum to El Porvenir Mini-Market in North Las Vegas. Recent exhibitions of note include Unsettled at the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno; Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, featuring site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West at the Denver Art Museum and the group exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkardness touring the United Kingdom through 2018. When not in the studio, Favela is probably watching tv or co-hosting his podcast Latinos Who Lunch.