Reflections on Latin American Mail Art

Fabiane Pianowski


Breaking away from the official circuits of art galleries and museums, mail art heralds a new era for the circulation of artistic work, which focuses primarily on the collective. This alternative means of circulation for artistic proposals and ideas brings forward the concept of network that would later, with the birth of the Internet, become a highly significant issue for contemporaneity. The use of mail in the 1960s and 1970s as a tactical instrument in the field of art relates to the appropriation of the means of communication by the period’s artistic manifestations - a period in which establishing networks and communicating were crucial cultural elements. In so doing, mail art democratizes art. Unfortunately, there are few academic studies about mail art, probably because that field of study is obdurately complex, the information is difficult to obtain. It is difficult to accurate facts and datas. The documents and works were frequently intend as ephemera. In spite of that, in this doctoral thesis we analyse in depth mail artists’ publications and interviews to understand their communicational connections and strategies, particularly in the field of Latin America.


mail art; networks; communication; history; Latin America


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