“A boat is an ancient human invention. I don’t think there is another mode of human transport that says more about people.”–Kcho, 1995
In his work, Kcho often references the contour of the boat as metaphor for the physical and diplomatic isolation of his native Cuba. Though the boat has multiple possibilities of direction, destination, and time, the materials that make up this “floating object” speak equally to its many impossibilities.
Kcho’s boats often give the illusion of floating or functioning, but they cannot. This is not a failure of physical transportation, but underscores the aspect of art most important to the artist: its function as pure illusion. Constructed from textbooks the artist used as a student, Obras Escogidas tries to make visible Cuba’s hidden social structure, suggesting the complexity of the nation’s ideas in formation.