El Paso, TX / New York, NY
Description of Work
Peter produces, directs, writes & edits videos on a variety of topics with the mission of raising awareness and knowledge for socially & environmentally important issues & organizations. Productions he’ve worked on span both fiction & non-fiction, hybrid projects that mix the two, and the work style also runs the gamut of live-action, animation, and mixed media.
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, Peter is a recipient of Photo District News’s Merit award and a graduate of the Eddie Adams Workshop, the famed photojournalism workshop. He is the creator of the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project, a conceptual art project dedicated towards border-crossing and the future of the U.S/Mex. border through art and expression. After receiving his MFA in Photo, Video and Related Media from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Peter returned back to his hometown of El Paso, serving as a member of the San Jacinto Plaza redesign committee as well as instigating a grassroots campaign to install a streetcar system connecting El Paso’s downtown to the burgeoning university area. Svarzbein was featured in the Guggenheim’s “Still-Spotting NYC” exhibition, creating a video work to complement the shows focus on urban intervention. He was also featured in the “Puro Borde” exhibition at the INBA Museum of Fine Art in Cd. Juarez, Mexico. Svarzbein has been a featured artist and Pop-up Gallery curator for the city of El Paso’s “Chalk the Block” festival, the premier public art showcase on the border, and was awarded an Artist Incubator Grant for an upcoming installation for the summer of 2013. Recently, Peter has joined the faculty at NMSU as an Adjunct Professor in Photography and is the creator/director of the Purple Pop-Up Gallery shop, a 3-month Urban Art Intervention in the heart of Downtown El Paso, Texas.
The El Paso Transnational Trolley Project Reel 2010-2011
A Stroll Down Memory Lane with Juan Mejia - 2009
Why El Paso should use its Vintage Art-Deco designed Streetcars