Report of our EXpedition

Tuesday, May 29, 2012


1) What is your name?
- Edwin Pagán - 

2) Where are you from?
- Born in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1963 of Puerto Rican parents and subsequently raised in the South Bronx. Currently residing once again in the ever transitionally-transforming East Village. -

3) What do you do?
- Work professionally as a filmmaker, cinematographer and producer. Manage and edit an online portal (

) dedicated to the genre of horror, particularly the work being made by Latinos across the globe. Pushing "Latin horror" to be a recognized genre in its own right. Mentor emerging filmmakers, particularly media-makers of color. -

4) What inspired you to pursue your creative career?
- I got involved in the arts as a member of the Boys Club of America at the Hoe Avenue Clubhouse (now ) at the age of 10 when I became involved in a photography class being thought there under the mentorship of club's art director, Ernesto Lozano, who taught me to develop black and white 35mm negative film, a hobby that eventually became a professional vocation and lead the way to working in film as a lighting cameraman and cinematographer. Looking at my own South Bronx community through the lens of a camera in the 1980s allowed me to later envision the world beyond those borders in a unique and profound manner, both socially and geopolitically.

One of the six exclusive members of the prestigious SEIS DEL SUR (

) photo collective, who are having a major retrospective of photos of the South Bronx (70s-90s) in September 2012 at Bronx Documentary Center. -

5) What is your view on the state of the arts?
- The arts are at a crucial crossroads today. While the arts are experiencing substantial reductions funding in schools and community-based organizations, they are are exploding in an organic way on the streets and via the Internet where expression cannot be negated. These two intersections are inspiring the artistic community and upcoming generation of expressionists to flesh out a new visual aesthetic and language composed of a variety of art-forms and mixing them with the new tools born out of the digital technology that has become ubiquitous. I am hopeful that this moment in time is creating the grand masters of the 21st century. I'm certain of it. -

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