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1962

Mail Art

Fred Forest was already familiar with the postal service in 1958, when he was recruited as a PTT agent at the post office in Mascara in Algeria, where he was born, then in Nedroma, on the Moroccan border, and finally in Michelet in Kabylia. In 1962, Fred Forest arrived in France with his repatriated compatriots, and became an active mail art networker.

 

Communication 

Paris (FR)

Theme: Echanges

Typology: Dispositif

Medium and media: Papier

#Participation 

La Poste, Mascara, Algérie
1962

La Poste, Mascara, Algérie

1962 MAIL ART 

Fred Forest was already familiar with the postal service in 1958, when he was recruited as a PTT agent at the post office in Mascara in Algeria, where he was born, then in Nedroma, on the Moroccan border, and finally in Michelet in Kabylia. Returning to the Mascara post office as a permanent employee, he was introduced to the telephone and telegraph services that had just come into service, with a teletype link that delighted him. In 1962, Fred Forest arrived in France with his repatriated compatriots and became an active mail-art networker. He took part in a number of international artists' groups using mail art and networks. His correspondents are of many different nationalities: Michel Corfou France, Klaus Groh Switzerland, Anna Banana Canada, Andrzej Partum Poland, Paolo Bruski Brazil, Clemente Padin Uruguay, Galeria Foksal Poland, Horacio Zabala Argentina, Roger D'Hondt Belgium, Guy Schraenen Belgium, Kawiak Tomek Belgium, Maurice Roquet Belgium, Eduardo Kac Brazil, Walter Zanini Brazil, Eric Gidney Australia, Richard Martel Canada, Alain Snyers France, Jean-Paul Thenot France, Julien Blaine France, Pierre-Alain Hubert France, Carlos Ginzburg Argentina and France, Henri Chopin France, György Galantai Hungary, Artes Visuales Mexico, Eugeni Bonet Spain, Jean Otth Switzerland, Janos Urban Switzerland, Guguelmio Achille Cavellini Italy, Sergio Lagulli Italy, and others.

Over the course of his life, he produced around fifty different stamps to personalise his postal items bearing the names of his various projects.

 

LONG BIOGRAPHY OF FRED FOREST

Fred Forest has a special place in contemporary art. Both by his personality and by his pioneering practices which mark his work. He is mainly known today for having used one by one most of the communication media that have appeared over the last fifty years. He is co-founder of three artistic movements: those of sociological art, the aesthetics of communication and ethics in art.

He represented France at the 12th São Paulo Biennale (Communication Prize) in 1973, at the 37th Venice Biennale in 1976 and at Documenta 6 in Kassel in 1977.

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