"Badge of Honor," view of father's cell (1995)

"Badge of Honor," view of father's cell, 1995
Mixed media installation, with recreated cell environment, furniture, video and objects, dimensions variable
Photo by Sarah Welles
Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

"I had a lot of conversations with a group of youngsters in the Newark area...and when it came to incarceration, there was a dead silence in the room. I remember it was a group of young kids who had experienced growing up in the absence of their father. And the minute there was a death silence, I just thought, this is it, this is the topic. Growing up in the absence of your father, your father might have been there physically, but spiritually, mentally and psychologically- they’re not there, they’re not present. And I think that I wanted to explore more about that in the work."
- Pepón Osorio