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.
“Being Puerto Rican is not only a state of reality,“ says Irizarry. “We were fed through our veins since childhood all the costumes of our rich culture and the pride that carry us away. But now our eyes are looking through other glasses. Different cultures and different ways of thinking came into our brain–what has being established and demolished by the overground and the underground societies, and what we want to stand for or just let go. We all have a vague idea of who we are, of what we want, a hybrid feeling of images, scenes and ideas. We all see the world through different eyes. We are still here, showing you the fruition of different branches with one same root.“
A local artist has developed a new way for people all over the country to stay on top of what’s happening in the Bronx.
From artist Blanka Amezkua’s former Bronx Blue Bedroom Project on 309 Alexander Avenue, fellow artist and friend Hatuey Ramos Fermin has developed a monthly podcast for Bronx residents and others nationwide to enjoy.
Artist and educator Hatuey Ramos Fermin moved to the Bronx in 2007 to jump-start his career in New York after completing his studies in the Netherlands. An enticing mix of affordable housing and teaching opportunities lured Fermin to the South Bronx. Four years later, he has yet to leave.
Coqui Mexicano, who is not just a restaurant in Melrose but a local cultural institution, will be hosting, “Drawings From the Story, “¿Un Anhelo?” – Aurelio Del Muro.” The exhibit is curated Hatuey Ramos -Fermin who is a self-described multimedia artist.
On speaking with Fermín, he explained to me his early encounters of using cab services when he arrived in the Bronx. These encounters initiated his idea for Transmit-Transit.
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.
A Cultural Hothouse in an Unlikely Locale By David Gonzalez New York Times City Room Blog The notion of popular art must have seemed like a really hard sell in the South Bronx 30 years ago. The blight all around was the least of it. Fact is, what usually passed for objets d’art in apartments…… Continue reading A Cultural Hothouse in an Unlikely Locale
The final bell rings at the George Wingate Educational Campus, home to four Brooklyn public schools, and a handful of ninth-grade students trickle into a classroom for their after-school service-learning class on a rainy spring afternoon.
The students quickly settle into seats, and their teacher, Hatuey Ramos-Fermin, pulls up a chair alongside them to begin the session. The class is in the midst of conducting an urban investigation, a unique, local service-learning project that asks students to confront challenging issues within their community to gain fuller understanding and become more engaged citizens.