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Amalia Mesa-Bains and the Archive: An Interview with the Artist

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The following is an interview between editorial board member Madison Treeceand celebrated Chicana artist Amalia Mesa-Bains. Treece has worked as Mesa-Bains’s archivist since 2017. For this issue on “document/ary,” Treece askedMesa-Bains about the function of the archive as document, its contributions toChicanx art history, and its more personal implications. The interview took placeon March 9, 2021, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This interview hasbeen edited for length and clarity.

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