Chilean -born artist, working in mixed media --video, film, photography, performance, painting, collage and digital. Beginning in 2019 his artistic expression has focused on electronic, sound, and image technology in emerging media.
He spotlights ideas behind fundamental human experiences such as the human body, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, religion, politics, and Western colonialism —his best-known work, perhaps, being “La Profesora”
(The Teacher), a video project that is part of the in New York City Museum of Modern Art permanent collection.
He has been featured on such shows and institutions as:
The Art Institute of Chicago, USA
The London Festival of Moving Images, UK
The New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center, USA
Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain
Cannes Film Festival, France
Cineteca Madrid, Spain
Bobe studied and resided in Libya, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, and Argentina; countries that deeply influenced his scientific and artistic career. He currently lives and works in Santiago, Chile.
A caricature of a professor teaching English to non-native speakers.
He mannerisms, her accent, the content of her speech—all are
absurd, in the tradition of an Ionesco character. Images of the
professor alternate with collages, many taken from Bobe’s other
Through its ironic humor, La Profesora foregrounds the absurdity
of teaching English in a country where many cannot read their
native language. The prevalence of the English language in
post- and neo-colonial societies is this called into question, both
politically and socially.
Barbara London, curator and writer who founded the video-media
exhibition and collection programs at The Museum of Modern Art,
where she worked between 1973 and 2013.
1993 | 00:07:13 | Chile | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 |
Collection: Single Titles
Tags: Humor, Post-colonialism
An allegory of Capitalism in Modern and Postmodern Latin America. The main scenes take place in a farm market where its merchants, street vendors, LGTB street artists, clowns, and migrants, struggle to earn a living.
A boy, Carlitos Chatito (Chatito is a slang word that refers to someone who is fed up), follows his father, and experiences what a day's work is like in a Latin American farm market. Later, now an adult, we see Chatito delivering vegetables in a human-powered car. Next, the protagonists fight against each other for territorial hegemony, and unexpectedly, all the characters gather in a march to advance, as a collective, towards a new place, which they anticipate with music and dance. At the end, the protagonists confront a wall that prevents them from moving forward, yet, they manage to climb it and successfully cross it.
The filming took place mainly in a Chilean market located in an old Spanish colonial neighborhood, where farmers gather to sell their products. During most of the colonial era, Spanish American society had a pyramidal structure with a small number of pure Spaniards at the top, a group of mixed-race people beneath them, and at the bottom a large indigenous population and small number of slaves, usually of African origin. In the 19th Century, when the area was known as “La Vega del Mapocho” (the Mapocho market) the land was delimited and designated for produce consumption, taking advantage of the channeling of the Mapocho River. New storage houses were also built to load and sell produce, attracting migrants from all the country.
Currently, this area and its surroundings are home to a significant number of Venezuelan, Colombian, Peruvian and Haitian migrants.
Germán Bobe also pays tribute to “La Carlina”, the first known transgender cabaret that was located in the area; The cast features Francis François, trans artist who started her career at “La Carlina”, and Daniela Vega, best known for her critically acclaimed performance in the Academy Award-winning film A Fantastic Woman (2017); Vega also became the first transgender person in history to be a presenter at the Academy Awards ceremony.
Fantasia Dubois is a film that explores stories of Transgender people.
Based on the memoirs of Candy Dubois, an accomplished Transgender Hispanic ballet dancer, cabaret singer and entrepreneur, this film is mainly focused on the face and body language imagery of the main character (represented by different actors and dancers), while following Dubois during her transition into her female identity; becoming one of the first Chileans to attempt a successful sex reassignment surgery in 1973.
The film also presents symbols of redemption, and raises questions of compassion, liberation, satire, and critique on differences in cultures, immigration, beliefs, and shifting sexualities.
Bobe collaborated with Luis Saglie (Hispanic composer and conductor) to create a video suite soundtrack.
Digital interactive work, which includes video, 3D animation, Pixel Art, music, collage and Photo-manipulation.
The project aims to inspire and motivate a new generation of women through the stories of several iconic Hispanic female leaders, who, with their personalities, ideas and achievements, challenged the predominant patriarchal model.
This artwork is shown in a digital format and relies on audience participation (viewers select a computer function, launching characters to the storytelling. As a result, the artist encourages audience interaction and shared emotional connection to the work).