19 stamped and franked packs , each containing the envelopes of the previous stages
21.02.09 | 11.05.09
Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia ( Serie di merli disposti a intervalli regolari lungo gli spalti di una muraglia
1971 - 1993
1969 - 1970
Private collection, courtesy 1000 eventi
The two works both originate from the same system of sending and then resending the same letter which the artist began in 1969. The recipients were 25 of the artist’s friends and colleagues (the first was Giulio Paolini), but they were destined never to receive the letters because the addresses were wrong or non-existent. Once he had determined a specific voyage for each of the letters, Boetti sent off the first one. When the letters were returned to sender by the Post Office, the artist put each of them in another larger envelope and sent them off on the next stage of their journey. When they were again returned to sender, he repeated the process in an even bigger envelope. The letters with the addressee’s name on it travel to unknown countries around the world, passing through different people’s hands and when they return to the sender they retain something, a trace or a clue, of the journey they have made and the places they have visited. Although the relationship between sender and recipient remains virtual in this case, or rather impossible, the memory of the person is always present, urging the imagination of the artist to continue with resending the letters. Something similar to this surrealistc game inpires in 1973-75 Boetti's postal work with postcards of La Mole Antonelliana sent to artist's friends from the most differnt places of the globe.
1973 - 1975
1970 - 1971
I always find myself talking about the notion of double, which […] is present in all my work. The truth is that it is a natural reality: it is incontrovertible that a cell ...
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