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Chas Chas - Luis Cobelo


Chas Chas” is a magic word, a magic trip. It’s a personal tribute to the city of Buenos Aires, through a particular and poetic neighborhood called Parque Chas. The project is inspired by an Argentinian comic book series of the same name that Luis Cobelo read 32 years ago. The comic reveals, in several chapters, the adventures of a writer who was told that fantastic and extraordinary things happen there. Where wonderful magical people live.

The reason that “out of the ordinary” things can take place, is because the center of the neighborhood was architecturally constructed similar to a spider’s web or a labyrinth.

So, that’s why they say ( the “Chas-chassian´s”) that if you enter into that concentric form, you may never leave and magical things can happen to you.  Many say that this is the reality and not what is out there. Essentially, in Parque Chas everything is possible.

Many years later, Luis decided to travel thousands of kilometers to see it for himself. But what really took him there was the desire to discover if the following saying which he heard about this mythical neighbourhood was true: “Everything you ever lost in life, exists in Parque Chas”.

And yes, it does.

“Chas Chas” It reads like a graphic novel or a mystery story, with many layers of internal and external references. The flow of images conjures a smile-inducing dream logic that feels strangely rooted to the alternate reality of street life in this fantastic place.

All of this happens through Cobelo’s  hallucinatory playful  eyes, who moves through the implausible stories a thousand times told that became real, only for those who want to believe.

“Chas Chas” is a snap, an intangible place where whoever and whatever was lost, will be found.  Can be for everyone, except for those who want to know how magic tricks are done.

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First Edition / 2019
ISBN: 9788409138333
Details: Hardcover , 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

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