I You Me We Us
2018 – Video installation – duration 16 minutes
Margaret Salmon’s filmic work adapts techniques drawn from cinematic movements such as Cinema Vérité, Italian Neo-Realism and the European avant-garde. I You Me We Us captures the minutiae of the everyday human experience, infusing it with a sense of poignancy, poetry, subtle grandeur, lyricism and abstraction. Might it be possible for film to transcribe something as ephemeral as human warmth? Affection? Presence, trust and submission? What about love? Can film bear witness to love? Express love? How can a lens invoke these very personal subjective experiences? In this work, hands of family members and lovers make gestures, play, move, touch and write small notes, interspersed with depictions of plants and flowers held under coloured lights. The film features close-up shots that focus on the intimacy of showing affection with our touch. It portrays visual representations of warmth, empathy, care, kinship and growth. Salmon’s work is a poignant reminder of the most important component of love, affection, care and kinship: human presence and interaction.
Margaret Salmon― Artist
Margaret Salmon (1975) lives and works in Glasgow, UK. She holds an MA in Fine Art in Photography from The Royal College of Art, London (UK). Focusing on individuals in their everyday activities, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with gentle grandeur, touching upon universal human themes. Margaret Salmon won the Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale (IT) in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale (DE) in 2010 and was featured in individual exhibitions at Dundee Contemporary Arts (Dundee, UK, 2018), Tramway (Glasgow, UK, 2018), ICA (London, UK) and Contemporary Art Museum (St. Louis, US, 2011), Witte de With (Rotterdam, NL) and Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK, 2007). Her work was also shown at Salzburger Kunstverein (AT, 2016), Kunsthalle Wien (AT, 2013) and Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve (CH, 2011).