Discard Studies

Interview by Alex Zahara and reblogged from his site with permission.

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Keeley Haftner made national headlines in April when an outraged Saskatoon resident vandalized her publicly funded art installation Found Compressions One and Two. The installation, which consists of two shrink-wrapped bails of recyclable materials, was inspired by Haftner’s time working as a sort-liner at the city’s local recycling plant. Now draped in a black tarp and bearing a sign that states, “Our tax dollars are for keeping garbage OFF the streets”, the installation has started a dialogue about waste and art in public spaces.

I spoke with Keeley about her work:

AZ: Let’s start by briefly discussing Found Compressions One and Two. What does the art installation depict and how did the project come about?

KH: The work consists of two bales of compressed plastic: one mixed (or #3 through 7 plastics), the other film (saran wrap…

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