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Lena Cobangbang

Delectable Deconstruction

By Marlyne Sahakian

Portrait of Lena Cobangbang. Photo by MM Yu. Courtesy the artist.

The soft-spoken and mild-mannered Lena Cobangbang has much to boast about. Her prolific career began under the tutelage of Roberto Chabet (1937–2013), widely considered the founding father of conceptual art in the Philippines, then learning the ropes in arts administration as well as developing her own practice at the epicenter of Filipino alternative art at the time, Surrounded by Water. She has participated in a number of major showcases of Philippine contemporary art, including the…

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