COMA represents a new artistic collective with its operation base in Portugal, having Mail Art as “background”.
One of the reasons for its creation, due to the fact that the Mail Art movement is still very murky in portuguese territory, its participants and assets represent a very small niche of players.
COMA aims to be a cultural emancipatory diffuser on the portuguese Mail Art scene, clarifying and approaching artists, curious and laymen to this art that has its origins in the 60s.
As a collective, COMA's main functions, in addition to raising awareness of this artistic expression, are:
1 - Promote the artistic practice regardless of age, education, area, philosophical, religious and ethnicity of each individual.
2 - Organizing cultural events and exhibitions, thus underpinning national and international projects.
3 - Maintain an Universal network of contacts between Mail Artists,providing their postal addresses and artistic virtual spaces, if authorized by them.
4 - Decoding the historical background and chronology of Mail Art in Portugal, establishing a database for future members reference and general public.
5 - Connect with different International Mail Art platforms, and creating cultural partnerships with the same.
Briefly, COMA will be the place of present and future portuguese Mail Artists, that will establish a cordial, friendly and uninhibited dialogue among all mail art "lovers".
Helder Coelho Dias ( COMA president )