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Jayce Salloum: history of the present

Kamloops Art Gallery
Kamloops BC – Oct 25, 2009-Jan 3, 2010

Jayce Salloum, video still

Jayce Salloum, video still [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Oct 25-Jan 3] Collection of the artist

Jayce Salloum, video still

Jayce Salloum, video still [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Oct 25-Jan 3] Collection of the artist

Jayce Salloum, Map of the World

Jayce Salloum, Map of the World (1999-2009), documents, photographs, organic matter, drawings, objects, ink, tentest board [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Oct 25-Jan 3] Collection of the artist

Vancouver-based media artist Jayce Salloum has had numerous exhibitions in North and South America, Europe, Japan and the Middle East. After 22 years living and working in San Francisco, Banff, Toronto, San Diego, Beirut, and New York, Salloum currently produces solo and collaborative work in his Downtown Eastside neighbourhood. With a focus on themes of personal and geopolitical migration and trans-national identity, he explores concepts of transition and dislocation.

Jayce Salloum: history of the present (selected work 1985-2009) draws on almost three decades of photo-based artwork in various mediums by the Kelowna-born and raised artist. The exhibit includes room-scale installations, photographs, archival material, a multi-panel piece and collaborative pieces. As a social activist and curator, Salloum has gained international renown for a distinctive body of video work that depicts, in a provocative, experimental and personal fashion, representations of Lebanon, the Middle East, and the Arab world as viewed by Western media and culture. More recently, the multidimensional personal/social/political/geographical approach he has brought to bear on issues of nationalism, borders, homeland, culture and cultural conflict in the Middle East has been extended to other international locales and “hotspots” as well.

Salloum received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1980, an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1988, and he participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art, Independent Studio program in 1988-89 and the PS1 International Studio Program in 1989-90. He has worked in installation, photography, video, mixed media, text, and performance since 1978, and has curated exhibitions, conducted workshops and co-ordinated cultural projects.

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Mia Johnson

Jayce Salloum, video still

Jayce Salloum, video still [Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops BC, Oct 25-Jan 3] Collection of the artist


 Sun, Dec 13, 2009