Karnival of Trash Mail Art Call: FluxRus by Victoria Barvenko (Taganrog, Russia)

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Mail art by IUOMA member Victoria Barvenko (Taganrog, Russia)

January 14, 2017 - Victoria Barvenko is widely known and admired across the Eternal Network for her art created in the spirit of Fluxus (whether you choose to label it Post-Fluxus, Neo-Fluxus, FluxRus or some other designation). I have been privileged to work with her on visual poetry collaborative book projects, and she has been supportive of Trashpo as well. So I am thrilled to include this 16-panel artists book Victoria sent in the Karnival of Trash exhibition.

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A current Kulter adage states, “Fluxus needs to stop stealing from Trashpo.” At the core of this paradox is a definite truth: Fluxus and Trashpo have a great deal in common. Kulters and trashpoets tend to avoid (wisely) theoretical discussions, but I am glad the Karnival of Trash is not silent when it comes to this important influence. Victoria Barvenko’s marvelous book celebrates this connection.

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Taganrog is the birthplace of Anton Chekhov. It is poetically apt, I think, that Victoria – working in the postavant – is from Taganrog too.

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Many thanks to Victoria Barvenko!

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