Margaret Salmon's Hole at Dundee Contemporary Arts
- Jessica Ramm
- 9 November 2018
Jarman Award nominee's new show is an examination into modern love and the female gaze
Margaret Salmon's show at DCA will centre on a new 16mm film that 'uses a female erotic gaze to look for places where love might be found in contemporary life', as well as incorporating new ideas about sound, light and temperature that follow on from her recent survey show at Tramway in February.
For the past few years, Salmon has been making single-screen works that convey a curious sensation that time has slowed down to match the ordinary, everyday rhythms lived out by the people she observes. According to Salmon, 'what you see is what I see' since everything she's made has been facilitated by her body holding the camera. Her subjects seem unaware or unfazed by her presence, allowing her to present subtle relationships unfolding between people, places and situations as though they are taking place in real-time outside the celluloid frame. Stretches of waiting are punctuated by moments of activity or intimacy, reflecting the mundane but universally recognisable experiences that make up life.
Salmon has also been shortlisted for this year's Jarman Award, and will take part in an associated screening and discussion at DCA on Mon 29 Oct.
Dundee Contemporary Arts, Sat 8 Dec–Sun 24 Feb