José Covo
No Tengo Hambre, 2009
April 14, 2023 – March 31, 2024

Photo: Elodie Grethen | TBA21

Acrylic and mixed media on MDF

No Tengo Hambre (I am not hungry) is the title of a whole series of works by José Covo produced in 2008-09, following a period of substance abuse. In these works, Covo stages states of human vulnerability and fragility, addressing poverty, hunger, and the precarious conditions of life in Colombia, entangled with the horrifying results of drug production and trafficking. In No Tengo Hambre, the heavy marks of color on MDF produce a quick-tempered phrase, almost a slogan, laid against a background of painted lines. The words appear like lucid revelations, indicating the precarious physiological state and suppression of appetite induced by the consumption of cocaine. Here, Covo puts into play the tensions between the mental and physical pain of the subject, reflecting on ways of surviving addiction and corporeal decline. Out of this tension arises a vital impulse rather than a lament, an appeal to resist and overturn the oppressive dynamics in which the subject is caught. 


Group show: Remedios
Venue: C3A Centro de Creación Contemporánea de Andalucía, Córdoba
Curator: Daniela Zyman
Exhibition 14 April 2023 -  March 2024

Born in Cartagena, Colombia, in 1987. Lives in Bogotá, Colombia and Berlin, Germany