Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon, I You Me We Us (still), 2018 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

Margaret Salmon, I You Me We Us (still), 2018 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

Margaret Salmon, I You Me We Us (still), 2018 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

Margaret Salmon, I You Me We Us, 2018. Installation view: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2018 © the artist. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ruth Clark

An artist-filmmaker who also works with still photography, installation and sound, Margaret Salmon has made films about Scottish life and has looked closely at expressive love, both in romantic terms and within friendship, kinship and forms of care. Shown on two stacked monitors which ‘speak’ to each other, I You Me We Us (2018) is an essay in affection and the power of touch and, in Salmon’s words, is a ‘dialogue between the performed gestures you see and the [written] words, images and questions which are proposed.’ Language is a central concern for Salmon; her photographic work, K is for Kato: An Esperanto Alphabet (2020), is a visual journey through each of the 28 letters of the utopian international language.

 

Margaret Salmon‌ ‌(born‌ ‌1975,‌ ‌New‌ ‌York, USA)‌ ‌lives‌ ‌and‌ ‌works‌ ‌in‌ ‌Glasgow.‌ Salmon‌ ‌studied‌ ‌at‌ ‌the‌ ‌School‌ ‌of‌ ‌Visual‌ ‌Arts,‌ ‌New‌ ‌York‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌Royal‌ ‌College‌ ‌of‌ ‌Art,‌ ‌London.‌ ‌

Margaret Salmon, I You Me We Us, 2018. Installation view: Dundee Contemporary Arts, 2018 © the artist. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Ruth Clark

I bring together a set of tools and materials and elements – one of them is myself, another is my collaborator(s) – and then the rest is open to time and skill and exchange. All sorts of factors become involved and I learn and respond as I work.

– Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon, I You Me We Us (still), 2018 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

Margaret Salmon, I You Me We Us (still), 2018 © the artist. Courtesy the artist
Margaret Salmon, K is for Kato: Esperanto Alphabet photographs, 2019-20 © the artist. Courtesy the artist

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Margaret Salmon, K is for Kato: Esperanto Alphabet photographs, 2019-20 © the artist. Courtesy the artist