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  • ICAA Record ID
    848951
    TITLE
    Response to the philosophical brothel / John C. Welchman, David Avalos
    IN
    Rethinking Borders. --- Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, 1996
    DESCRIPTION
    p. 187-199
    LANGUAGES
    English
    TYPE AND GENRE
    Book/pamphlet article – Essays
    BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION
    Welchman, John and David Avalos. "Response to the Philosophical Brothel." In Rethinking Borders, 187- 199. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1996.
    GEOGRAPHIC DESCRIPTORS
Synopsis

This document is a condensed interview between Chicano artist David Avalos and John C. Welchman in which they address the concept of “borders” as physical, philosophical, and cultural entities, and discuss the relationship of art to such limits. The conversation has been summarized and the resulting content divided into nine sections: “The Fantastic Border,” “Imagine-No-Line,” “A Chicano Border,” “Captivity,” “The Bus Poster Project,” “The Border Art Workshop (BAW)/Taller de Arte Fronterizo (TAF),” “Frontier, Mex-America,” and “Different Dust.” In each section the authors reflect on various problems and possibilities embodied by borders and their repercussions for culture and society.

Annotations

San Diego artist and educator David Avalos creates sculptures and installation art, along with public art and collaborative projects that question the role of art in contemporary society, especially in the U.S. While at San Diego’s Centro Cultural de la Raza, he co-founded Border Art Workshop/Taller de Arte Fronterizo (BAW/TAF), a seminal bi-national artist collective established at the Centro Cultural de la Raza in San Diego in 1985 that not only originated the artistic concept, but also formulated the integral political practice of “border arts.”

Researcher
Tere Romo
Team
Chicano Studies Research Center, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
Credit
Courtesy of the private archives of David Avalos, National City,CA
Courtesy of the University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN