LE MONDE COMME UNE LETTRE À LA POSTE
THE WORLD LIKE A LETTER IN A PILLAR-BOX
This 6th mail-art exhibition organized by La Maison du Grand Nord on the theme The World ! is gathering two hundred and forty-three participants from thirty-five countries. To say that the world is a favourite theme in mail-art is a pleonasm : there is no mail-art exhibition without the world being present between the lines, and if it is true that the world has lost its vastitude with all the means of communication, on the other hand it is with mail-art that it grows again to that city of old in which each one can find his own place. Fundamentally, the only difference between mail-art and Art is not a matter of aesthetics, not a matter of postal mails, not even a matter of a more or less radical indifference among the business of Art (money corrupts everything in such a manner !), it is a matter of world, not a world reduced by the fiends of the market value to the hideous abstraction that we know, but an essential world that implicates that there is no village that is not a world in itself, and no vision of that village that is not part of the world : the world is a vision that postal mail-artists see together with the poets, the children, and also with the animals, the plants, the whole nature. I know lots of postal mail-artists that appear in the list below, I know their names and their creations are familiar to me. This exhibition is doubly their work and the tribute I want to pay here to them. Their talent is great. To all of them, thank you.