Margaret Salmon_Pyramid

Image: Still from Pyramid, Margaret Salmon, 2014 courtey of the artist.

We invited audience to join award-winning filmmaker Margaret Salmon for a screening of her work, followed by a discussion with Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX about her recent films. This was a rare opportunity to revisit her early American typographies series and see developments in two newer works filmed around her home in Kent.

Margaret Salmon creates filmic portraits that weave together poetry and ethnography. Focusing on individuals in their everyday habitats, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with a gentle grandeur. Adapting techniques drawn from Cinema Vérité and Italian Neo-Realism, Salmon’s orchestrations of sound and image introduce a formal lyricism into the tradition of realist film. 

Films included in the screening:

P.S. 1998/2002, 8 min

Ramapo Central 2003, 8 min

Study of man in truck based on the story John told me, 2010, 9 min

Pyramid 2014, 17 min

Oyster 2014, 14 min

About Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon was born in 1975 in Suffurn, New York. She lives and works between Kent and New York City. She won the first Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale in 2010. 

About Benjamin Cook

Benjamin Cook is the director of LUX, an international arts agency for the support and promotion of artists; with a focus on visual arts-based moving image work, including experimental film, video art, installation art, performance art, personal documentary, essay films and animation and is inclusive both in terms of context and critical discourse.