Transmit – Transit is a multimedia installation at “The (S) Files 2011.” One aspect of the piece is a video of interviews with Dominican cab drivers and dispatchers in the Bronx that is a short documentary about the difficulties of the trade.
La vida de un taxista. Cuántas veces alguien se detiene a pensar en la cotidianidad de ese conductor (o conductora) que lo lleva de un sitio a otro. Cómo es su oficio un día cualquiera, el domingo “día familiar” por excelencia. Hombres y mujeres que pasan -a menudo- hasta 18 horas con el trasero entumecido recibiendo direcciones de todos. Del centro de transmisión, de los clientes que cambian de parecer cuando el aparato móvil se lo indica: “No, mejor déjame en la otra calle, perdona…”
BY Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga for his blog
Puerto Rican publication, Dialogo Digital ran a review and interview of “Transmit-Transit” Hatuey Ramos Fermin’s first solo show in NYC that I curated. The article presents an in depth interview with Hatuey regarding the development and concepts behind the exhibition currently on exhibit at the Longwood Art Gallery at Hostos in the Bronx.
Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, a Puerto-Rican conceptual artist, does not sell his work by the Metropolitan. Rather, he came to New York City because of a six-month mentoring program sponsored by the New York Foundation of the Arts.
Something about the man in the banana costume appealed to Ricardo Miranda Zúñiga. Maybe it was the sign he wore that read, “A banana from my country can travel easier than me.” Maybe it was the fruit-wearer’s free-spiritedness as he paraded in his peel through public places. Or maybe it was the Latino roots they shared.