The secret code of postcards

The secret code of postcards

Postcards, credits, Jurgita Po Alessi

Reading an article about the exhibition  The Artists’ Postcard Show confirmed my passion for collecting postcards from all over the world, or maybe it would be better to say ‘passion for sending postcards‘.

That’s true: I personally find much more interesting the quite long process of wandering around the city in order to get the right postcard, looking for the meaningful short text to write on it, finding out a post office where to buy a stamp and, eventually, catch the mail box while I am running somewhere else and, suddenly, I remember that I have a precious card to send in your bag.

The process of sending cards involves small, but extremely smart, creative actions: the creativity is not only on the chosen image … but it is represented also by the words we use and how and why we put them on nude surface…

I am not talking about ‘I wish you were here postcard’, indeed, I am making reference instead to the category of ‘coded-message cards‘: the ones in which  the image on the front is less important of the small message on the back.

A twit of few characters, put black on white without the cover of secure envelopes: a kind of secret code that everybody can see but only the correspondents can read.

That’s the real creativity involved in the postcards mechanism!

As the author of the article about Bristol exhibition I read states:

The show is less concerned with investigating how the role of the postcards intersects with its representational value; rather, it is intent on revealing the rich and complex ways that it has captured the creative imagination and been utilized as voluble means of expression. (Regina Papachlimitzuo, Aesthetica (June/July 2012, pag 94)

On the back of my last received postcard from Belgium few days ago this message:

Winter downpour; Even the monkey needs a raincoat. (Matsuo Basho)

…the real art was in these words, in their interpretation, as for the picture depicted on the front part: I do not remember even one detail of Belgum’ view.

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2 Responses to The secret code of postcards

  1. Elisa Da Rin Puppel 3 luglio 2012 at 23:19

    “Summer’s night
    the tree spirit follows in
    the sound of wooden shoes”


    (taken from the last postcard I did receive – secret message behind depicted butterflies)

  2. rossmi 5 settembre 2012 at 20:46

    Estoy totalmente de acuerdo contigo, las palabras escritas y el gesto de enviarlas, en postales o en cartas, son magicas y preciosas.. y la felicidad de la persona que las recibe es indescriptible..


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