Batalhão de Telegrafistas (Army of Telegraphists)
SÃO PAULO • Galeria Jaqueline Martins • 3 July - 16 August 2014
|Sao Paulo's Galeria Jaqueline Martins presents the exhibition Batalhão de Telegrafistas (Army of Telegraphists) with works by Alexandre Brandão, Almandrade, Andrzej Dudek-Dürer, Charbel-joseph H. Boutros, Chris Marker, Edgard de Souza, Ilene Segalove, John Kelsey, Karin Sander, Mario Ishikawa, Anna Bella Geiger, Moyra Davey, Nadezhda Mendes da Rocha & Serguei Dias, Roberto Winter, Walead Beshty, Ze Frank, Francesca Woodman, and selected works from the mail art archives of Gastão de Magalhães, f. marquespenteado and Luis Neto Guardia.|
Curated by Fernando Oliva and Tobi Maier, the exhibition conceives mail art as a global movement among artists from the centers and margins of the art system, from the late 1960s to the present. For many years the practice of using the post office services or fax machines as a strategy for creating and sharing graphic arts and other artistic projects has been at the root of mail art; the advent of information technology has shifted parameters towards the digital realm. Yet, ideas that were prevalent from the start of mail art have remained significant in artistic practice: networking, access to information, free movement, distribution, participation, collaborative work procedures and sharing are at the core of the conceptual framework for this exhibition. In Brazil, mail art matured during the dictatorship (1964–1985). For many artists living and working in the country during this time, sending art work via mail was the only way to personally connect with peers and other artists internationally.
Within a political context filled with tension, mail art also played a denunciatory role. As its starting point, the exhibition Batalhão de Telegrafistas uses a number of works drawn from the mail art archives of Brazilian artists that were active participants in different international networks at the time. While mail art networks as we have come to know them are less vibrant than they were before the advent of the internet, the methodology of using the post office and courier services as an inherent component in the production of mailed sculptures, paintings or photographs, for example, continues to resonate in the work of several artists.
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