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Curated by NoLIta participant Oscar Trujillo

Curated by NoLIta participant Oscar Trujillo
Curated by NoLIta participant Oscar Trujillo shot by Ky Katrensky

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 Oscar Trujillo, a Puerto Rican in New York via Italy.



KK: Why did you get involved with art:i:curate and this project?

OT: When I first heard of the idea, I thought it was pretty clever to create a platform were the viewer has a say in what gets displayed without it always being just the point of view of the curator. It makes it more fun and appealing to have different minds and opinions generate an exhibit. Soho has always had (since I've been around) an eclectic mix of people which makes it so desirable and I think that will reflect in peoples choices of art.


KK: What do you hope to take away from it?

OT: See what all these different creative minds bring together.


KK: How do you normally take in art?

OT: I like to go to museums and art galleries but my attention span is quite limited so I generally walk through and absorb whatever my head seems be drawn to. Not really so much interest in the "why" of the piece, but more my reaction to it.


KK: What does the term "curating" mean to you?

OT: Displaying something in a certain manner; choosing...



KK: Where did you live before and where are you from?
OT: I'm from Puerto Rico. I was living in Italy before I moved to NY. I've been here and there in NY, but mostly Williamsburg.


KK: What sets NoLIta apart from the surrounding neighborhoods? 

OT: Mix of people, pretty chill atmosphere...still cool and trendy but not cheesy.


KK: Favorite New York moment?

OT: Rooftop looking over or at the city from far.


KK: Do you know any of your neighbors? 

OT: Yes, some... mostly from frequenting places.


KK: Do you hope to connect with your neighbors through this project?

OT: Yes of course.


KK: Are there any notable neighborhood characters?

OT: Clinton and Delancey is very Latin: Dominican/Puertorican. There are still original shops and bodegas around. The liquor store on Delancey and Essex is quite an interesting place.  


KK: Do you have a local hangout spot in the neighborhood?

OT: There was this Japanese Izakaya place on Clinton and Rivington I used to love going to. It was great Japanese comfort food. Now the owner is Korean and everyting changed.  I miss.


KK: Have you heard any stories about the history of NoLIta?  

OT: Can't say I have, but will google it now.


KK: What do you see as the future of NoLIta? 

OT: At least the LES is going get new major redevelopment in the coming years with new housing projects, the Warhol museum, and more retail shops. It's all for the better. 


KK: Tell me something about yourself.

OT: I work hard and try to get some sleep when I can... if things aren't too loud.

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