Margaret Salmon

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Margaret Salmon is an American and British based film maker-artist.

The work of this New York-born filmmaker is fuelled by references to the great realist tradition in film, be it the propaganda documentary of the Farm Security Administration in the United States, Italian neorealism, or French cinéma vérité. Her subjects are taken from everyday life: people with modest incomes, showing their at once ordinary and dramatic lives. Salmon is particularly sensitive to interactions between the soundtrack and the image,[1] which she uses to produce disturbing effects that heighten the documentary sobriety of her films with a lyrical dimension. She shoots all of her works, working as both Director and Cinematographer, on 16mm & 35mm film. It has been noted[2] that she has been influenced by directors Luchino Visconti and John Ford[3] and filmmakers Albert and David Maysles, in particular their 1968 film Salesman as well as films from Vittorio DeSica, Robert Flaherty, the playwrights Arthur Miller and Eugene O'Neill as well as writer Raymond Carver She also presented the Soviet Film I am Cuba by Director Mikhail Kalatozov at the Withe de With in Rotterdam in 2007. She won the first MaxMara Art Prize for Women in association with the Whitechapel in London in 2006.[4][5] The prize jurors included Turner Prize winner Gillian Wearing, Iwona Blazwick, gallerist Victoria Miro and Frieze editor Jennifer Higgie. She has had a solo show at the Witte de With, Rotterdam and the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 2007 and Margaret was shown at The Venice Biennale in 2007.[6] Margaret has also featured and been interviewed for BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, BBC2 TV's The Culture Show, W Magazine, Frieze Magazine, Guardian Newspaper, Telegraph Newspaper, The Independent Newspaper, FT Newspaper, The Times Newspaper, Corrirere della Sera Newspaper, BBC TV London's London Tonight show, British Vogue, Fader Magazine (USA), Shattered Magazine, Evening Standard Newspaper, Style and Family Tunes (German Magazine), French TV, German TV among others and also was featured and interviewed in BBC Television documentary (by the Cinema Show) about Technicolor called 'The Wonderful World of Technicolor' in 2006.[7] In the 2007 October issue of Modern Painters magazine she was a featured artist.[8]


Margaret E. Salmon was born in Suffern, New York on June 1, 1975 and now lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland.[9] Margaret Salmon is represented by Office Baroque Gallery in Brussels, Belgium and formerly by Store Gallery, London. She graduated from School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York with a B.A. in 1998 and received an M.A. from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London in 2003. She won second prize at the Beck's futures student show at the ICA while at the Royal College of Art. She appeared in the New Contemporaries shows at The Liverpool Biennial and Barbican in London in 2004 and was the first recipient of the MaxMara Art Prize for Women in association with the Whitechapel in 2006, which included a six-month residency in Italy. In 2006 she won the Paris-based Art Prize 'Prix Gilles Dusein' in association with La Maison européenne de la photographie. Her solo show at the Whitechapel was in Time Out London's Top 5 Critics Pick. Margaret Salmon was a visiting artist/resident at The American Academy in Rome and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto in Biella, in Italy during 2006 as part of winning the MaxMara Art Prize. She has received grants from the Arts Council of England and Elephant Trust among others.

Margaret's solo exhibitions included;

2011 Margaret Salmon, (curated by Dominic Molon), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, St. Louis, 8 March - 27 March - Salmon's 'first solo museum exhibition in an American museum'.[10] Void, Derry, Northern Ireland

2010 Office Baroque Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium. (forthcoming).

2008 The Moon is Down at Store Gallery, London (from Aug 28 2008), featuring the new films, Guns Trilogy and Fireman

2007 Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (January–February 2007) Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (May to August 2007)

selected group shows and festivals;

2011 ICA, London. Now Showing 2, New Film and Video from the Arts Council Collection, at Hayward Gallery, London, Touring exhibition starting at Hayward Gallery in 2011 The Art of Narration changes with Time, (curated by Gigiotto del Vecchio), Sprüth Magers, Berlin, 26 February - 2 April 2011

2010 6th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art. The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, Queens, New York. Now Showing 2 - UK Arts Council Touring Show (forthcoming) - Museum and Art Gallery, Derby. DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, Durham. Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum, Lochmaddy, Scotland. OVADA, Oxford, The Brindley, Runcorn, Museum and Art Gallery, Newport, Wales. Lightbox, Woking, The Collection, Lincoln, Rhyl Library, Rhyl, Wales. AMBULANTE Film Festival Mexico Touring (forthcoming) - Mexico City (Toluca), Cuernavaca, Leon, Puebla, Morella, San Cristobal, Oaxaca, Monterrey, Tijuana, Xalapa, Guadalajara. Mardin Biennale, Turkey (forthcoming)

2009 Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong (with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Chan, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Gilbert and George, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Andreas Gursky, Pierre Huyghe, Jeff Koons, Bertrand Lavier, Christian Marclay, Richard Prince and Wolfgang Tillmans). - Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds UK. (UK Arts Council Show). -

2008 Irma Vep Lab, France - Art Basel (Statements solo show) with Store Gallery - KUNSTVEREIN FÜR DIE RHEINLANDE UND WESTFALEN, DÜSSELDORF - GB Agency, Paris - Kunsthalle Basel - Intamacy Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne ( with Louise Bourgeois, Nan Goldin, Steve McQueen, Sophie Calle, Mariele Neudecker, Jesper Just, Gabrielle de Vietri, Mutlu Çerkez, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Amikam Toren and Annika Ström).

2007 Film Screening, Rotterdam International film Festival (February 2007). KölnShow 2, Gisela Capitain Gallery, Cologne. (April to May 2007). 'You have not been honest' British Council Show, Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donna Regina (Museo MADRE), Naples, Italy. Think with the Senses – Feel with the Mind. Art in the Present Tense, Venice Biennale, Arsenale, Venice, Italy. The Maramotti Collection, Reggio Emilia, Italy (from September 20 for 2 years).

2006 Bureau, Manchester. Collective, Edinburgh. Printemps de Septembre, Toulouse (selected by Jean-Marc Bustamante).

2005 Mind is a Horse part 2, Bloomberg Space, London.

2004 New Contemporaries, Liverpool Biennial and Barbican, London.

2003 Play Gallery, Berlin. Martin Janda Gallery, Vienna. Becks futures student, ICA, London.

2002 Montebello Road, Wallspace Galley, New York.

COLLECTIONS British Council - (P.S.) Maramotti Collection (Ninna Nanna) Luis Vuitton (M 2007 & 2002) Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Smithsonian - Washington DC (Ninna Nnna) FRAC - Ile-de-France Le Plateau, Paris.

Films of Margaret Salmon[edit]

Colour Line (2011), Study of man in truck based on the story John told me (2010), Times Square (2010) The Enemies of the Rose (2010), Hyde Park (2009), Rooms - East New Orleans (2008), Guns Trilogy (2008),[11] Fireman (2008), M 2007 (2007), Ninna Nanna (2007), Ramapo Cental (2003), Peggy (2003), M 2002 (2002), P.S. (shot 1998 completed 2002).[12][13]

Music Videos

Matthew Herbert - Leipzig (2009), Matthew Herbert - Dublin (2010).


MaxMara Art Prize for Women in association with the Whitechapel 2006 (winner).

Prix Gilles Dusein in association with NSM Vie ABN AMRO and La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris. 2006 (winner)

Becks Futures Student Prize, ICA London. 2002 (2nd place)

Hospital Club Creative Award - Art, London 2007 (winner)


Music Videos[edit]

Matthew Herbert - Leipzig. Matthew Herbert - Dublin. Megan Wyler - Through the noise.


  1. ^ Griffiths, Keely (1 June 2007). "Margaret Salmon" (59). Aesthetica. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Griffiths, Keely (1 June 2007). "Margaret Salmon" (59). Aesthetica. 
  4. ^ "Exhibition preview: Margaret Salmon, London". The Guardian. 23 August 2008. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  5. ^ "MaxMara Art Prize". Woman's Hour. BBC. 27 Jan 2006. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  6. ^ "List of artists, Central International Exhibition". Universes in Universe, 52nd Venice Biennale. 
  7. ^ "The Wonderful World of Technicolour". You Tube. 
  8. ^ Miller, Jeremy. "Margaret Salmon" (October 2007). Modern Painters Magazine. Retrieved 2008-07-25. 
  9. ^ "Artists' Film Surveys: Margaret Salmon". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  10. ^ "Margaret Salmon". Contemporary Museum St Louis. Retrieved 8 Mar 2011. 
  11. ^ "Margaret Salmon 'Guns Trilogy'" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  12. ^ "A lullaby with resonance". January 28, 2007. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  13. ^ "You Have Not Been Honest". Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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