Trevor Paglen is an artist, geographer and author who mixes a variety of mediums and methods in interpreting our world. Whether he’s operating in the realm of science, art or journalism, Paglen’s work poignantly illustrates elements of our global cultural identity, and the trends and patterns that define us. He’s acclaimed for his cinematographic contributions to Oscar-winning Citizenfour, and has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Tate Modern in London, and numerous other institutions. NeueJournal sat down with Paglen before his talk at NeueHouse Madison Square, in hopes of learning a bit more about the artist behind the oeuvre. We found out that Paglen, to some extent, lets his work do the talking.
NeueJournal: Who’s your favorite photographer of all time?
Trevor Paglen: He’s not really a photographer, but let’s say Harun Farocki.
NJ: What’s your favorite travel destination?
NJ: What can’t you travel without?
TP: An open mind.
NJ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
TP: Don’t get famous for something that you don’t like doing.
NJ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever received?
TP: Get a job.
NJ: If you could only take one more photo what would you take it of?
TP: A dinosaur.
NJ: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
TP: I would like to have interpersonal communication come more naturally.
Photography: Mitchell McLennan for NeueJournal