CALL/VoCA Talk: Marcos Dimas

We got together to share space—artists need space, artists need materials—and then we decided to do posters to contribute to the libertarian issues that were happening, and specifically the decolonization of Puerto Rico, because Puerto Rico had been a colony for 500 years. And then we decided to create an educational component where we would take our exhibitions to the community…”

Marcos Dimas,
on the founding of Taller Boricua

In this conversation artist and activist Marcos Dimas, interviewed by fellow artist and Voices in Contemporary Art (VoCA) Program Committee member Jonathan Allen on December 9, 2017, discuss combining his art practice with his advocacy work. Marcos co-founded Taller Boricua, The Puerto Rican Workshop, Inc., in 1970.

This event was one of a series hosted in partnership with VoCA to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work. The full-length Talk is below, and transcripts of VoCA Talks are available upon request. Please direct queries to [email protected].