Salmon, Margaret
Margaret Salmon's work touches on universal themes of ageing, human relationships and motherhood. Inspired by documentary propaganda films and technically influenced by French cinema verite and Italian neorealisitic filmmaking, she makes slow-moving films focussing on everyday routines and habits. In PS, Margaret Salmon shows monochrome scenes of domesticity as her male protagonist cuts the grass, weeds, waters the garden and inhales heavily on a cigarette against a night sky lit up by fireworks. In the accompanying audio, a man and woman argue in voices impassioned yet flattened through years of frustrations, with undertones of hurt and malice, revealing fading love in a mature relationship. As Salmon says 'it is the ghost narrative in mundane tasks that I find interesting.' PS was shown at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007. Rachel Arndt
  • Artwork Details: running time: 8 minutes 13seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 3
  • Material description: 16mm film transferred to DVD
  • Credit line: © the artist
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  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC19/2007



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