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  • show 2018-06-01 > 2019-08-01
  • ongoing exhibition > 259 days left
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    DETOURNEMENT: turning expressions of the capitalist system and its media culture against itself —as when slogans and logos are turned against their advertisers or the political status quo.

    …. a variation on previous work, in which the newly created work has a meaning that is antagonistic or antithetical to the original. The original media work that is détourned is somewhat familiar to the target audience, so that it can appreciate the opposition of the new message.

    Send the Robot anti-corporate/anti-capitalist/anti-brand/anti-media (…. or whatever you are against) mail art.

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  • theme Detournement, Anti-Robot, Capitalism, Consumerism

  • In the Forest of Symbols / A game to meet each other

  • show 2018-10-13 > 2018-11-17
  • ongoing exhibition > 2 days left
  • show address Palazzo Caccia-Canali | Sant'Oreste (Roma) | Piazza Dei Cavalieri Caccia 10 (00060) | Italy
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    "Like echoes off and for a long time tend to a deep unity..."

    - Baudelaire

    Do you want to be found in the forest of symbols?

    “Symbol” comes from Greek σύμ-βάλλω, «put together».

    If you d’like to be found by someone who traces back your footsteps, the symbols you have left for him/her to find you, join us.

    You can keep your name secret, or just a message, it is up to you. The important thing is that you disguise yourself. Because only the initiates, who are able to hear you, can find you. This game is about recognizing each other.

    Where and how you want to be found it's your decision.

    What can’t be reached by rationality and science, agape and love will find it naturally, let others decipher what you have hidden and only through a spontaneous intuition it will be possible to come to you.

    Is there a code in art? No! Art is free. References, memories, colors, sounds, smells, fragrances, associations... thanks to their sensibility artists are able to make the forest of symbols, where they hide their concepts and their correspondences, understandable.

    Everyone has his own code to communicate. Find someone who knows your code and knows how to decrypt it, because it vibrates within himself too. It's like a genetic code.

    The genetic code is the set of rules contained in our deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA.

    Communication is the center of everything. Art was meant as an instrument of communication since the beginning of human history, when cavemen started painting on the cave walls, matching symbols to objects and concepts for the first time. Creating meaning is an artificial process but communicating is an innate process.

    Communication is an animal feature, it's pure existence and Art comes from the instinct of a direct grip on reality, a desire to reproduce ourselves in Reality and Beauty. So, the mission is to communicate with symbols, with images and alchemy that refer to other of ourselves.

    Join in and lose yourself in the forest of symbols, an emerald dark forest, behind the shadow of an apparent misunderstanding and, let the your message be deciphered, look for the messages you have left.

    Whoever finds you, he/she speaks your same language.

    Do you want to play?

  • curator Tiziana Todi in collaboration with MailArtMeetingArchives by Anna Boschi di Bologna, boraArte - Bologna, the Town of Sant'Oreste and the Pro Loco tourist office of Sant'Oreste
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  • In the Midway

  • show 2018-10-25 > 2018-12-08
  • ongoing exhibition > 23 days left
  • show address Fundação Carlos Drummond de Andrade | Itabira (MG) Brasil
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    The Instituto Imersão Latina invites poets and visual artists of any nationality to participate in the Project NO MEIO DO CAMINHO (In The Midway) - International Mail Art Exhibition, from October 25 to December 08, 2018, at the Fundação Carlos Drummond de Andrade, in Itabira (MG), Brasil. The action is part of the cultural program of the I I-Poem@ International Literary Encounter for Migrant Writing, to be held in the cities of Belo Horizonte, Ipoema and Itabira, in the State of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

    The theme IN THE MIDWAY is a reference to the poem of the great Brazilian poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade, "I had a stone in the middle of the path / Tinha uma pedra no meio do caminho".

    Some suggestions of reference words as inspiration for the creation of your Postcard: Paths, Migration, Emigration, Immigration, Route, Itinerary, Trajectory, Border, Customs, Map, Territory, Clandestine, Refugees, Hope, Compass, Latitude / Longitude, Sovereignty, Integration, Xenophobia, Geopolitics.

    Postcards will be accepted in any techniques, such as Drawing, Painting, Engraving, Collage, Assemblage, Digital Printing, Text etc.

  • curator Tchello d'Barros
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  • show 2018-10-30 > 2018-11-30
  • ongoing exhibition > 15 days left
  • show address Museo de la Ciudad de Veracruz | Av. Ignacio Zaragoza 397 | Zona Centro | 91700 Veracruz, Ver.
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    Regarding the Celebración del Día de Muertos at Pto. de Veracruz, we invite all artists and general audience that enjoy the artistic creation, national or international, to be part of our exhibition "Mientras la Vida nos Dure".

  • curator Rachelline Centomo with the support of H. Ayuntamiento de Veracruz under the Dirección de Turismo y Cultura
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  • theme the death


  • show 2018-11-01 > 2018-11-30
  • ongoing exhibition > 15 days left
  • show address New York Public Library Hudson Park Branch | 66 Leroy St | New York, NY 10014 USA
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    An important event that, promoted by The New York Boyer Foundation, invites all around the world artists to participate on this international art exhibition.

    All work will be permanently archived at The New York Boyer Foundation.

    At the end of the exhibition, The New York Boyer Foundation will send documentation to all artists.

    The work of art will have to be presented individually identified, with a label in the back of the same with artist’s name, title, media, size and year. Please provide also e-mail and website if the artist has one.

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  • show 2018-11-13 > 2019-03-30
  • ongoing exhibition > 135 days left
  • show address Bongiani Art Museum Collection | room 13 | Salerno, Italy
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    For this event, the Spazio Ophen Virtual Art Gallery in Salerno will organize from 13 December 2018 until 30 March 2019 a virtual international collective exhibition as an international event, with the relative press release, the critical text and the communication of the exhibition to the most important magazines. art, newspapers and contemporary art sites. The exhibition will then be archived and can be visited permanently in the "exhibitions held" space of the Salerno Virtual Gallery.

  • curator Giovanni Bonanno and in collaboration with the Ophen Virtual Art Archive and the Bongiani Ophen Art Museum Collection in Salerno
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  • Free Translation

  • show 2018-11-15 > 2018-11-29
  • ongoing exhibition > 14 days left
  • show address MAA-tila | Pääskylänrinne 10 | 00500 Helsinki | Finland
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    Prison Outside & Translation is Dialogue invite submissions of artworks from incarcerated people, ex-convicts, and anyone affected by imprisonment. The multi-disciplinary exhibition Free Translation will showcase international works in November 2018 at MAA-tila Gallery in Helsinki and online.

  • curator Anastasia Artemeva and Arlene Tucker
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  • theme social justice, prison outside, translation is dialogue, self-expression, incarceration


  • show 2018-11-17 > 2018-11-18
  • 2 days left for premier
  • show address Miscaros - Festival do Cogumelo 2018 | Alcaide, Fundão | Portugal
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    At this year’s edition, the Amanita Bunker exhibition returns to the streets of this small village yet in the form of art bombing. Authors are invited to create artwork regarding the requested theme and join the yearly Mushroom Festival.

    We truly don’t know if mushrooms are looking for a hideout, inside the local’s mailboxes, from all the hungry stomachs at this festival. Maybe they are running away from the constant fires that overwhelm our Portuguese forests and their natural habitat. Or perhaps they are just growing so much that they spread all the way from the forest till the habitant’s mailboxes and the village streets.

    This being said… artists are invited to join in by sending artwork to the curators or by sending it directly to the village addresses.

    All the artwork sent to the curators will end up being spread around the streets and all the work sent directly to the habitants will create a vaster bombing and mushroom invasion.

    If sending directly to the habitants, do go on Google Street View and grab address from the city center of “Alcaide Fundão Portugal”. Do also send a scan of that same artwork to the provided email address so that we can archive it online and print a few more to spread on the streets.

  • curator Monsenhor enVide neFelibata, zetavares
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  • theme mushrooms

  • Sapanca: route (Flyway) of migratory birds

  • show 2018-11-25 > 2018-11-30
  • 10 days left for premier
  • show address Sakarya University Sapanca Tourism Faculty | Turkey
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    Artworks will be offered for sale at symbolic prices as an aid to Sapanca Association of Children, and unsold artworks will be retained in archives of Sapanca Association of Children.

  • curator Sapanca Association of Children
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  • show 2018-12-01 > 2018-12-31
  • 16 days left for premier
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  • theme Il Giuoco del Calcio
  • media photography

  • The whale's route

  • show 2018-12-01 > 2018-12-31
  • 16 days left for premier
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    The work must contain a picture of a whale and if the work is text based it must contain the word ballena/whale somewhere.

    At the end of the exhibition, all works will be added to the whale tummy so that it may travel the world.

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  • media Who ever wants to receive this exhibition, to be shown at their hometown, must send an email to the curator. The exhibition must be send to the following interested and son on.

  • Stamp in the World

  • show 2018-12-02 > 2018-12-16
  • 17 days left for premier
  • show address Civitanova Marche | (MC) Italy
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    Evento artistico-culturale Europeo ed Internazionale - 9 °edizione/2018.

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  • media envelope

  • BARRACA VORTICISTA 1988 - 2018 // 20th Anniversary of an Art Space

  • show 2018-12-05 > 2018-12-31
  • 20 days left for premier
  • show address BARRACA VORTICISTA | Estados Unidos 1612 - (C110ABH) | Buenos Aires, Argentina
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    In April 2018, the art space "Barraca Vorticista" celebrates 20 years since its opening, and with the give starter, I invite you to join in on an international exhibition commemorating its anniversary.

  • curator Fernando Garcia Delgado
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  • Celebrate ... this is a calling

  • show 2018-12-06 > 2018-12-31
  • 21 days left for premier
  • show address Salon de la Secretaria de la Extensión Universitaria de Gral. San Martin (UNSAM) | Argentina
  • theme What we would change for our children? Our Elders? Our Planet? What do we want for our humanity?

  • When will you learn that there isn't a word for everything?

  • show 2018-12-07 > 2018-12-09
  • 22 days left for premier
  • show address Nunn's Yard, 23-25 ST | Augustine's ST, Norwich | UK
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    An exhibition of works looking at how language fails us.

  • curator Kristy Campbell
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  • IV BIG – Guarulhos International Biennial of Small Format Artworks

  • show 2018-12-08 > 2019-02-09
  • 23 days left for premier
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    This call opens the subscription to artists and interested people to exhibit art works in the IV BIG – Guarulhos International Biennial of Small Format Artworks, to be realized in Guarulhos, São Paulo, Brazil and by the Internet, at the provided address.

    The open call is rather complex so you are required to read the provided file.

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  • 100 Postcards

  • show 2018-12-18 > 2018-12-31
  • 33 days left for premier
  • show address Fangliao Artist Village, Taiwan
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  • media postcard using the provided file

  • the color moves

  • show 2019-01-17 > 2019-03-17
  • 63 days left for premier
  • show address Museo de la Acuarela del Estado de México | Mechor Ocampo no. 105 | Col. La Merced-Alameda | Toluca, Estado de MéxicoC.P. 50080, México
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  • The Postman on the Postal Route

  • show 2019-01-25 > 2019-02-25
  • 71 days left for premier
  • show address Agência Filatélica dos CORREIOS | Vitória (ES) BRASIL
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    Communication is the fundamental tool that tells the story of humanity.

    Our homages to the POSTMAN, that for long distances and times is our messenger, Mercury of the Gods.

    For more than 100 years, great artists already communicated informally by the Post Office. Normatized in the sixties, Mail Art / Postal Art, is a pioneer of the exchanges of the current SOCIAL NETWORKS.

    The Courier is a Cultural Heritage, for its seal, its history, for the memory and affection stamped in the hearts of men. It must be preserved even in times of virtual connections, for correspondence is a basic necessity for the development of civilizations.

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  • Library

  • show 2019-02-01 > 2019-02-28
  • 78 days left for premier
  • show address North Spokane County Library | Spokane, WA USA
  • curator Donna Stroud
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  • theme Library

  • Thespis Project // Theatre

  • show 2019-02-01 > 2019-02-28
  • 78 days left for premier
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    The Thespis Project invites artists from Greece and the world to participate in the 1st Online MAIL ART Exhibition.

    The inspiration theme is Theatre (from plays, writers, characters, architecture to costumes, set design, tickets, photos, programs and stagecraft).

    All works must be sent through the postal system (stamps and addresses), including the artist’s name and a title.

    The technique that may be employed is free.

    All submissions should be original and will be exhibited online in a website created specifically for that purpose.

    If they will be shown in a short of gallery, all participants will be notified in advance.

    Upon submission all participants agree to any kind of reproduction.

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  • what's wrong with my city

  • show 2019-02-24 > 2019-03-24
  • 101 days left for premier
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    Link will be available after exhibition. Please, include your email so we can send you the link later.

  • IV International Avilés Mail Art Exhibition

  • show 2019-04-01 > 2019-04-30
  • 137 days left for premier
  • show address Palacio de Valdecarzana | in Avilés, Asturias | Spain
  • curator Ricardo Fernández
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  • theme water

  • Non-figurative Mail Art Call

  • show 2019-04-06 > 2019-06-29
  • 142 days left for premier
  • show address CIANF - Non-Figurative Art Investigation-Creation Center | Jalisco, México
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  • "Leonardo da Vinci 500 years after his death" for TRAXPO' 2019

  • show 2019-05-01 > 2019-05-31
  • 167 days left for premier
  • show address Moby Dick bookshop of Faenza | Ravenna, Italy
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    TRAXPO' wants to be a translation / transliteration between different artistic fields and was born in 2014 from an idea by Giancarlo Padovani, completing with a collective exposition of visual languages in an artistic transpositions path.

    An artistic call by invitation that in the last five editions has seen the alternation of national and international authors obtaining broad consideration from the mass media. It is set up every year in the month of May in a creative and dynamic space made available free of charge by the independent bookshop "Moby Dick" in Faenza.

    For the sixth edition of May 2019 TRAXPO' opens to mail art for an intuition of Monalisa Valmori and the collaboration of Roberta Savolini with an invitation to transpose the genius of Leonardo da Vinci in a postcard drawing from every field of his vast production both artistic and engineering, inventions, aphorisms , quotes ...

  • projetM@MottattoM

  • show 2019-07-01 > 2019-08-31
  • 228 days left for premier
  • show address projetM@MottattoM | Geneva, Switzerland
  • curator Uta, Laurianne, Carmen
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  • No to censorship of human body in social media

  • show 2019-08-01 > 2019-08-31
  • 259 days left for premier
  • show address Beam Collective Gallery | Israel
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    If you’ve ever were in situation, when your work was censored in any social media: facebook, Instagram, twitter, flickr, 500px, tumblr or any other social platform. If you’ve ever had your art removed because the content wasn’t ‘appropriate’, if an institution where you studied silenced your work for any reasons – then your work is worthy of being exhibited in our exhibition.

  • curator Beam Collective, Igor Zeiger
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  • Artist Matter

  • show 2019-09-01 > 2019-09-30
  • 290 days left for premier
  • show address Nachladen | District St. Pauli
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  • media black and white

  • The 10th Anniversary Edition of A BOOK ABOUT DEATH

  • show 2019-09-14 > 2019-11-02
  • 303 days left for premier
  • show address Islip Art Museum | Brookwood Hall | 50 Irish Lane | East Islip | NY 11730 USA
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    A BOOK ABOUT DEATH is an open, unbound book produced by artists worldwide. Artists are invited to create a “page” in the form of a postcard about death– any aspect about death. Works can be of any design, personal or conceptual, color or black and white.

    The original work about death stays with you, the artist. The 500 postcards produced from the work is for the exhibition, and are sent to the museum.

    Artists can include any information about themselves on the cards, front or back. There are no age limits, no areas or ideas that are prohibited. The exhibition organizers only ask that you submit good work, worthy of an interesting and exciting page in this global book.

    A BOOK ABOUT DEATH takes its inspiration from the late, underground American artist Ray Johnson (1927 - 1995). Ray Johnson’s unbound “book” of the same title was mailed to his New York Correspondence School “students” and included pages in his idiosyncratic style that were funny, sad and ironic “one-page essays” on death. With the A BOOK ABOUT DEATH project, artists are invited to plunge into subject in creating their own pages that score the dramatic final dance of death.

    Each artist 's contribution will be displayed at the Islip Art Museum in New York. Visitors will be free to take cards and create their own book about death. As the cards are removed, the exhibition will disappear.


    1. Produce an artwork about death. Make 500 postcards and mail the package to Islip Art Museum. All submissions will be accepted if they arrive in time. Artists may produce more than one card design if they wish.

    2. Once images are produced, a light-weight jpg should be e-mailed to LUANN PALAZZO, along with the artist’s name, country of origin, and URL (artist web site address) for publication on the blog. This will allow the organizers to archive the works and artist details. Other artists will also be able to visit the exhibition in progress.

    You can either produce the cards yourself or upload the file to any number of printers for delivery to the museum. You, as the artist are in complete control of your artwork and cards.

    The organizers will not collect cards for the artists. We ask that those visiting the museum only take one set per person, leaving enough for others.

    Institutions who wish to have a complete book will have to come to the museum space and get their own pages/cards or assign someone to do it for them. The organizers are not responsible for the cards, but will see to it that all cards received are displayed and available to visitors. The organizers are not responsible for the return of any remaining cards; should there be any remaining cards, these will become part of the Islip Art Museum archives.

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