Curated by NoLIta participant Olga Orellana
13 jun 2014 by art:i:curate team
As part of our 'Curated by NoLIta' project, we met with the curators: the people living and working in the neighborhood.
Ky Katrensky met with Olga Orellana, who earned the hashtag #olgacurator with her selection for "Curated by NoLIta".
KK: How do you normally take in art?
OO: I don’t like to overanalyze it.
KK: What does the term "curating" mean to you?
OO: Taking something and making it your own in some way.
KK: What do you hope to take away from this project?
OO: I hope to meet, admire and connect with our local artists.
KK: When did you move to NoLIta/LES and why?
OO: 3 years ago, because it’s a vibrant and fun neighborhood.
KK: Where did you live before and where are you from?
OO: I lived in Brooklyn and previously in Milan. I am from Honduras.
KK: What do you like best about your part of town and what don't you like at all?
OO: That you are close to other great neighborhoods and you have everything you need. It can be loud at times.
KK: What sets NoLIta apart from the surrounding neighborhoods?
OO: The young people from every corner of the world that make the neighborhood alive.
KK: Favorite New York moment?
OO: I have a NY moment every time I cross the Williamsburg Bridge and see the beautiful skyline.
KK: Do you know any of your neighbors?
OO: I don’t… not sure why, I feel like its very New York to not know your neighbors.
KK: Do you hope to connect with your neighbors through this project?
KK: Are there any notable neighborhood characters?
OO: Everyone here is a character, but there is this guy that during the summers rides his bike with massive speakers on it playing loud music.
KK: Do you have a local hangout spot in the neighborhood?
OO: The garden behind my apartment, it’s quiet and beautiful.
KK: What do you see for the future of NoLIta?
OO: I hope not to see too many high rises.
KK: Tell me something about yourself.
OO: I’m a Scorpio.