Mail Art: IMMIGRATION
August 29, 2006
  Christina Davis


Received from Christina Davis, Collegedale, TN, USA

Reçu de Christina Davis de Collegedale, Tennessee, USA

Recibido de Christina Davis de Collegedale, Tennesse, USA

 
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Interesting. Not sure what it means. I am guessing that your strong feelings are in favor of immigration.

It seems clearly that they are on th other side of something, but the darkeness there is punctuated by colorful non-descript shapes. Do the bubbles mean that this is some kind of fantasy, that will not last?
 
As a descendent of immigrants how could I be opposed to immigration? It is my view that immigrants come here to work for a better life for themselves and their families. The immigrants that I know are hard workers and always do, even the most demeaning of work, without complaining. I know that I would never want to wade through the refuse of disgusting leftover food like the dishwashers here have to. And I don't imagine that there are many Americans willing to take those jobs. While we waste so much here, there is a whole world beyond our borders, that doesn't always have such luxury.

The bubbles are there merely to differentiate between the worker here and his family back there. But perhaps there is reason to what you say in reference to the fragility of immigration issues . . . . However, I would never call this situation a fantasy.
 
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The Mail Art Call is now finished




MAIL ART CALL

MAIL ART PROJECT 31.12.06/Immigration
Sophie Blachet, director of Art Vitam and Valeria Pouza, independent curator, are seeking Mail Art works for an ongoing Mail Art Project book on the theme of immigration.

The Mail Art Project will proceed in two phases:

Phase One
The Mail Art Project will collect over a period of six months beginning in June 2006, a range of mail art works sent royalty free to be published in book form. Only 100 works will be chosen for inclusion in the book entitled “Mail Art Project 31.12.06/Immigration”.
All works will be, however, exhibited online at http://ganthine.blogspot.com
Deadline for the project is 31 December 2006.
Phase Two
Beginning of January 2007, Blachet and Pouza will choose 100 works received for publication in the book.
Selected artists will be contacted either by regular mail, e-mail or phone by the end of January 2007.

The Details: The Mail Art Project 31.12.2006/Immigration
Theme: Immigration. Coming, going, staying, living, borders, boundaries, legal, illegal… it’s your call.
Format: Anything goes, from postcards, envelopes, to large format works on board and works on paper.
No entry fee.
Works will be juried, and not returned but exhibited and documented online.
Deadline: 31 Dec 2006

The Book
The book will include one full page reproduction of the work with description of the work, name of artist and artist details (in three languages).
Each selected artists will receive a book.
Printer to be announced

If you are interested in participating, please send works to:
Mail Art Project 31.12.06/Immigration
P.O Box 975
Miami Beach, FL 33119 USA

For more information please contact
In English/French: sophie (AT)artvitam.com
In Spanish/ Español: mailart(AT) artvitam.com



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