"En la barbaria no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Babershop)," detail (1994)

"En la barbaria no se llora (No Crying Allowed in the Babershop)," detail, 1994
Installation at Real Art Ways, Hartford, Connecticut. Mixed media installation with barbers' chairs, photographs, objects and videos, dimensions variable. Photo by Frank Gimpaya. Collection of the Museum de Arte de Puerto Rico
Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

"'No Crying Allowed in the Barber Shop'...it’s about recreating my memory. When I was five years old my father took me to get my first haircut right around the neighborhood. And what was meant to be a celebration became disastrous event. I was crying a lot, I was scared...What traumatized me wasn’t so much the haircut itself but the way that this barber dealt with my kind of hair...That experience was a combination of race and a right of passage into becoming a little man."

- Pepón Osorio