Barrio Art, Music and Popular Culture
Democratic Club of El Barrio, 177 E 110th St.
Dominoes/El Club, located at the Democratic Club of El Barrio, features two Puerto Rican/Nuyorican cultural pastimes: the communal act of socializing in community-based clubs, and the game of dominoes. But more than a pastime, both activities have been historically connected in helping to build a common communal bridge during times of severe transition, cultural anxiety, and displacement. Through photographs and audio tracks, viewers will have exclusive access to this intimate, but very welcoming, space.
STEP 1. Download the free Blippar app.
STEP 2. Choose an AR site/project from the Mi Querido Barrio map. Once you are at the selected location, identify your marker.
STEP 3. Open the Blippar app in your phone and scan the image or object you wish to activate.
Wait a bit as you blipp. The content can take a few seconds to load.
Make sure the image/object is well lit, using the flash feature if necessary.
Make sure to hold your device steady as you blipp.
With this particular AR site/project: Stand between the steps on either side of the door, taking a step slightly closer if needed to frame the black door. If you don’t have access to the physical marker, use the image marker on your Mi Querido Barrio Augmented Reality Guide, or visit cccadi.org/miqueridobarrio.
“Over the last thirty years, my creative focus working as a photojournalist, documentary photographer, and graphic designer has been on documenting common communal experiences, especially those customs that are on the verge of disappearing from the cultural fabric of the community as a result of changing regional economic and racial demographics, due to the original influx of forced migration or the current-day exodus as a result of gentrification.
Starting in the South Bronx in the 1980s, and continuing today in Spanish Harlem, I have been assessing the historical and cultural inventory in these two communities through my visual work from an insider’s point-of-view via a process I call “Cultural Identity Reclamation.” The goal of this work is to validate, solidify, and dignify the historical context of the community’s customs and folklore as they manifest themselves in both the public and private square. They range from intimate forms of cultural camaraderie such as games of dominoes in dimly lit social clubs to expansive parades where the full kinetic force of our idiosyncrasies are on full display, celebrating our cultural offerings including art, music, dance, and religious festivities. These tapestries are the raw material of my creative expression and life-long work. ¡La Cultura Vive, y Su Historia Sigue.”
Edwin Pagán is a New York-based photographer, filmmaker, cinematographer, curator, and cultural activist with a rare blend of creative and administrative experience including more than twenty-five years in community organizing, as well as extensive production experience in the documentary and narrative film sectors.
Pagán has worked extensively as an arts technical assistance provider at Bronx Council on the Arts, IFP Market & Conference, Association of Hispanic Arts, and Black Filmmaker Foundation, and has served on the board of directors of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP) and Hispanic Organization Latino Actors (HOLA). He has also served on numerous juries and selection committees for the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA), New York International Latino Film Festival and Tribeca Institutes’ Tribeca All Access Connects initiative. Pagán frequently speaks on panels related to filmmaking, particularly the expansion and integration of filmmakers of color into the entertainment industry.
For the past fourteen years, Pagán has curated the NewLatino Filmmakers series at the renowned East Village cinematheque Anthology Film Archives and is a founding member of the acclaimed Seis del Sur photography collective. He currently works as program manager of the Bronx Culture Collective (BxCC) in the South Bronx.