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Pepon Osorio in "Place"

The final artist in Place is Pepón Osorio, filmed on location in his birthplace of Puerto Rico and his residence in Philadelphia, PA. Osorio leads the viewer on a tour of three complex, multidimensional installations where the artist’s Puerto Rican heritage and experience as a social worker inform his staged confrontations between public life and private spaces.

Says Osorio, “When this piece, The Scene of the Crime, was at the Whitney Museum, it almost felt as if I’d taken a piece of the South Bronx and placed it in the middle of Madison Avenue.”

Also featured in this hour is the work Home Visits which transforms the homes of ordinary people into neighborhood-based galleries for a traveling work of art.

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Pepón Osorio

Pepón Osorio’s work is heavily influenced by his experience as a social worker in The Bronx, and his pieces usually evolve from an interaction with the neighborhoods and people among which he is working. A recent example is Tina’s House, a project created in collaboration with a family recovering from a devastating fire. The house—a tabletop-size art piece—tells the story of the night of the fire and those affected. The work traveled the country in a series of “home visits,” in which a new family lived with the art work for a period of at least one week, allowing the story of Tina’s House to be told in many homes and environments.

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Featuring Laurie Anderson

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“My work deals with contradiction. I embrace contradiction.”

Pepón Osorio