Contemporary Art Quarterly

REBELS ARE
REASONABLE
Essex Street
September 7 – October 26, 2014
CHAD, 2014
UV inkjet print on aluminum
12 x 18 inches

Boko Haram, Darfur rebels, invaders (1983) and refugees (2014) from Libya, and the Islamist guerrillas that take refuge in the Sahara’s highest mountain, the Tibesti, can all coordinate their struggles on the basin of Africa’s largest inland salt sea, Lake Chad. Zones of strife are red, the sun-bleached desert yellow, and the lake, to which all drains, blue. Intensive harvesting of algae and fish in the lake could restore eco-cycles throughout this concavity; earthworks uphill could stabilize groundwater flow. A legal structure already exists: the Commission du Bassin du Lac Tchad. Separate this area from its embattled neighbors, defining it as a post-colonial regional-sea basin under UN Environment Program rules. (Research launched with satellite surveys of northern border during Libyan invasion, 1983.)
Image courtesy of Essex Street, New York
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We would especially like to thank Peter Fend for generously agreeing to participate in this project.  

Thank you to Essex Street, New York for their help acquiring hard to find texts and images of Fend's exhibitions. Daniel Herleth of Oracle, Berlin also helped provide crucial digital versions of old slides. Thanks also to Barbara and Howard Morse for a substantial collection of scans of writings, exhibition texts, and ephemera.