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Pepón Osorio, 1995

Installation: Badge of Honor (detail)
mixed media, video
overall dim.: 309.9 x 1005.8 x 378.5 cm
Commissioned by the Newark Museum. Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts
© 1995 Pepón Osorio

Osorio sees himself in the role of interpreter. He focuses on subjects that are central to his community, making them accessible to outsiders without compromising the special character of his medium. Although subjects such as drug addiction, absentee fathers, and generational conflict affect diverse communities, the liveliness of his ensemble -- the knickknacks, or "chucherías," toys, and colorful fabrics -- creates a special setting that resonates with the rhythms of a vibrant urban culture.