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Jesse Hlebo, 24, has his own record label/publishing press called Swill Children; he also publishes _ Quarterly with his friend Justin Sloane, a publication whose every issue centers on a theme related to obsolescence. He also recently opened an exhibition with Joaquín Segura at Otras Obras in Tijuana, Mexico.
How long have you lived in Brooklyn?
I’ve lived in Brooklyn for four-and-a-half years, first in the northernmost part of Bed-Stuy—I guess it’s called Stuyvesant Heights?—and now a bit further in. When I first moved into the city, I couldn’t afford anywhere else, but after eight months or so I realized how amazing the neighborhood I lived in was and that I most likely wouldn’t live in any other. At least for a long time.
Anything about Brooklyn that bugs you?
I’m not a fan of the L train. Right now I live near the G train, which has major minuses but gets you to PS1 fast, which is great! I’m not a fan of Bedford-area Williamsburg, and Morgan Town bothers me a lot.
What’s the most insightful thing anyone’s ever said about what you do?
There’ve been a few times that I’ve had people tell me that my work has made them feel something very affecting, that it made them think long after and had a certain level of profundity. Each time I’ve been told this has been incredibly humbling and has caused me to rethink the things I do and the ways in which they’re executed.
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