• Pepón Osorio

    Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

    After completing a three-year volunteer residency at Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services, Pepón Osorio elaborately reconstructed its offices in the galleries of the ICA. Face to Face (all works 2004), one of three installations shown here, was assembled from re-created materials from the DHS—desks full of case histories, computer terminals, and sundry office supplies. Claustrophobic and windowless, it made one feel as though lost inside a real government bureaucracy, which metes out death by drab repetition and administrative protocol. Signs of the struggle with dehumanization were

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