What is Working States?
Working States is an online publication program of Philagrafika designed to facilitate an international exchange of ideas and encourage new critical theory on the field of printmaking in what has become a growing cross discipline practice in contemporary art.

WS Concept
Philagrafika Artistic Director Josť Roca, has developed the publication with two principal areas for critical thought. The first territory includes themes related to the current programs of Philagrafika and, of our partner organizations. The documents will gather critical thinking centered on an expanded notion of the print; covering the current trends in the field and the recent history of contemporary printmaking. The program will offer an expanding selection of texts that will provide both theoretical and critical dialog. As this project grows we will include re-issues of seminal articles that lacked wide circulation in the United States, translations of foreign language articles and new content that discusses artists whose practice transcends traditional boundaries and understanding of the printed image.

WS Team
Josť Roca, Working States Editor
Caitlin Perkins, Working States Coordinator
Rebecca Mott, Web Content Management
Smyrski Creative, design

WS Funders
Working States is supported by grants from The National Endowment for the Arts and the International Fine Print Dealers Association.

If you have editorial suggestions or would like to submit a content proposal for Working States, please contact Caitlin Perkins at

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