“Puro” Symposium Questions Authenticity, Urban Re-Development and Cultural Appropriation

(February 22, 2017) -- On Tuesday night, about 80 people gathered inside Brick at the Blue Star Arts Complex, where UTSA architecture professor Antonio Petrov led a symposium exploring the meaning of "puro." Kicking off the discussion, Petrov says he began to question the word while working on the city’s tricentennial celebration and architectural projects on Broadway.

“I know puro means narratives,” he said.

While the direct translation means "pure," Petrov believes puro acts as more than a word. The 12 panelists explained what puro means to them while audience members enjoyed tamales from Adelita Tamales and Tortilla Factory. For some panelists, puro represents an attitude, while others say it's an expression. Others said it's about staying true to Mexican culture in the face of cultural appropriation.

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