The vessel is facture: hewn with care and made to survive, outlast uncertain weather. Discard, surplus, remnant, scrap, pilfered piece, found object are re-used, re-functioned – made to float amid the city’s debris. Mark Salvatus used to live and study and teach in an old quarter in Manila known for flooding and the people who withstand the onslaught season after season. His art is keen on this cycle of calamity and prevailing, dwelling on the skill to craft, the instinct to gather, in other words, the strategy to assemble with the technique and memory of bricolage, to paddle around islands of disaster, this archipelago of flotsam. This is the very process of community as well as the logic of a sinking economy. The makeshift c_rafts are buoyant, barely.
Patrick D. Flores