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  • ICAA Record ID
    1247293
    TITLE
    Arte correo en el Uruguay / Clemente Padin
    IN
    Revista del Sur (Montevideo, Uruguay). -- No. 3-4 (1985)
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 44-46 : ill.
    LANGUAGES
    Spanish
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Journal article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Padin, Clemente. "Arte correo en el Uruguay." La Revista del Sur. Nº 3-4 (Suecia, 1985):44-46.
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Synopsis

From a Uruguayan perspective, visual artist and performer Clemente Padín discusses the importance of Mail Art in Latin America, as well as the problems it faces. In this article, he explains the origins of Mail Art as a movement for international cultural exchange, focusing on its repercussions in the social and artistic world of Montevideo, and its role in defending human rights.

Annotations

Mail Art was an international movement of cultural exchange and political criticism that made use of the post as medium. It attempted to demystify artistic means of production by restoring an instrument of interrelation. Artists would send their literary or visual works in postcard format. Lack of reimbursement and commercialization were fundamental to an understanding of art as means of communication as opposed—at least ostensibly—to a conception based on “merchandise.” In Latin America, Mail Art was an instrument to defend human rights, and—in the seventies—opposition to dictatorships and to the Vietnam War. In all cases, Mail Art, whose origins lie in the late sixties, was socially and politically committed. In the Río de la Plata, Clemente Padín (b. 1939) was an outstanding practitioner of Mail Art, an art form he communicated in his alternative magazines Los Huevos del Plata and OVUM 10, which were geared to a wide audience.

[For further reading, see the following texts in the ICAA digital archive: by Fernando Davis and Fernanda Nogueira “La nueva poesía y las redes alternativas” (doc. no. 1240658); and “Arte postal en Latinoamérica” (doc. no. 1240703)].

Researcher
Marina Garcia, Gabriel Peluffo
Location
Archivo Clemente Padín