"For us, the idea of having a work that has contradictions is very important—when, in affirming something, it includes itself and attacks itself. How can you put together all of these things that have nothing to do with each other? You use glue! Glue can be an idea, a word. You can use an ideological glue."
"’Nocturne (White Poppies )’ was a response to the bombing of Afghanistan and the flower as a source of violence at that particular moment. I was interested in investigating the fact that that flower was not a natural creation. It was a cultural and an historical creation. I used the technology that’s usually aimed at what’s ugly- which is war- to aim it at this flower, which contains both the beautiful and the ugly at the same time- a heroin poppy. I’m also addressing the media, because now the news of war is actually an object of consumerism. It’s no longer just news edification. And so I’m repackaging the image."
- Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle