"At this time in my life, I’m ready to accept or own a kind of romance and melancholy or melodrama that I wasn’t ready to reveal before. It was always there in my inner life as an artist, but I was too afraid to share it."
"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