Elka Krajewska presents Salvage Art Institute
This meeting in the Close Up cycle hosted Elka Krajewska – artist, founder, and director of New York's Salvage Art Institute (SAI), also presented at the Making Use exhibition.
The Institute takes care of “no longer art” – objects that were pronounced a “total loss” by an insurance agency and removed from art market and institutional circulation. SAI considers the legal, intellectual, and economic consequences of declaring artworks as a “total loss”: What are the circumstances in which some of those objects leave storage units and return to the market? How do artists approach their “total loss” work? Can such artworks “return to life” from a legal point-of-view? SAI's activity was popularized by Ben Lerner's book “10:04” (2014).