Chema Cobo

Zolla/Lieberman Gallery

Chema Cobo’s recent exhibition indicates that he is nervous and uncertain about the future. From his home in southern Spain, he is counting; 1989 marked the bicentennial of the French Revolution, and 1992 will mark both five centuries since Columbus’s voyage to the New World, and the legislated implementation of a United Europe. Cobo is fascinated with the significance of these dates, and his work examines the meanings of history and the forces set loose in its wake. While the next few years should indicate whether Cobo has been prescient or paranoid, particularly as to his fears and apprehensions about Europe 1992, at this moment there can be little doubt that he suspects a great evil may be let loose upon the world.

Sometimes this evil can take the character of overt exploitation. Cobo titled this exhibition, which visually chronicles patterns of colonialism and imperialism, “Make A Map.”

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