pink and blue – A Mail Art Project
The equality body of Paderborn invites to a special project
Mail art is art on a postcard that will be sent on postal delivery: so called good old
snail mail. In contrast to e-mails, mail art devotes itself to deceleration.
"Compensation" for this intended reduction is offered by more sensuality because the sent art
projects are all originals, that can be lead closely to your eyes or can be
touched. Mail art is a democratic art: Participation is open to all, not only
inside Paderborn: Women and men, boys and girls. All the sent works of art will
be exhibited. There is no jury. This art is international. It is a small form
of art that does without stir and nevertheless it achieves a surprising effect.
Not least it is a stimulus for another imaginative creation.
Be captivated by our enthusiasm. Join in!
The theme "pink and blue"
"pink and blue" is the title of a mail art project of the equality body of the city
"pink and blue" – these two colours symbolize the stereotyped expectations which
boys and girls are still confronted with. When Franklin D. Roosevelt, who later
became the president of the USA, was photographed at the age of two and a half
years, he was wearing a white dress, shoulder length hair and distinctive
leather shoes – an outfit that could lead us without batting an eyelid to the
delighted exclamation: what a delightful girl!
In 1884 at the time of the shooting, this look was normal, it corresponded to the former convention
for a boy. Every generation, so Jeanne Maglaty, produces its own definition of
masculinity and femininity, which is not least manifested in the clothing and
the toys of children. “Boys don’t cry ", The Cure played in one of their
most famous songs…
When is a man a man, when a woman a woman? Typically male, typically female? Is there such a
thing? What is the situation with the conventions of masculinity and
femininity, with the equality of the sexes? Cliches only or prejudices? Can't
women park? Do men not listen?
We encourage all women and men, girls and boys to concern themselves creatively and
artistically with their own roles, because the realization of equality in
society requires a change of role stereotypes. A gendered division of labour in
the family and working life for example still characterizes the life of men and
women, the man is still seen as the main breadwinner, the woman as the main
responsible for children and household and in addition she is gainfully
Take up the creative challenge! Describe us your artistic role. Let your imagination run
wild. Pick up the brush, a pair of scissors, camera, cut out, write, glue,
paint, print, tear, sew. Use pink, dip your brush in blue, juggle with other
colours of the rainbow as well. Don't be afraid of the black and white drawing,
perhaps to expose outdated black and white drawing?
Any method is right to approach and form yourself and us an impression of it.
The equality body relent on much contribution.
The conditions of participation
Participation is open to all people.
Minors must attach the written consent of guardian.
Take into account all exclusively by conventional mail sent, thematically by the sender
for the occasion-made work in postcard format (approx. 14,8 x 10,5 cm).
All artistic techniques are welcome, the more versatile the better it is: drawing, painting,
printmaking, photography, collage, literature etc.
Each work must have the full visible address, including e-mail-address of the artist.
The submitted works will be presented in an exhibition.
Organizer only accepts postage works.
There is no liability for any loss or damage.
Each artist is responsible for the content of his art postcard. Postcards with misanthropic,
sexist, violent content or otherwise contrary to applicable law are excluded
from the project.
Participation requirement is that the participant has all rights to the sent artwork.
The unlimited exploitation rights for all parts of the image is that the image is free of
rights of third parties. Upon filing of the work he/she automatically ensures
compliance with this condition. With a recognizable image of a person the
participants add their written consent.
With the submission of the work the participants give the equality body of the city of
Paderborn the use of rights and authorizes them to publication without fees,
reproduction and dissemination in all relevant media for coverage and promotion
of the equality body.
As it is usual for mail art projects that posted work remain at the organizers.
Please send your works of art by August 31st, 2013 to:
Gleichstellungsstelle der Stadt Paderborn
Kennwort "pink & blue"
Am Abdinghof 11
The equality body of the city of Paderborn is looking forward to your work!
Best regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen
Stadt Paderborn - Gleichstellungsstelle
Hausanschrift: Stadt Paderborn · Am Abdinghof 11 · 33098 Paderborn
Postanschrift: Stadt Paderborn · 33095 Paderborn
Tel.: 05251 88-1212