Margaret Salmon

"Eglantine" 35mm film still © Margaret Salmon 2015

Margaret Salmon introduces her current long form film project, Eglantine, a children’s film/nature study shot on Super 16mm and 35mm on location in Scotland, which is now in post production.

Spanning film influences, earlier projects, literary and other researches, Salmon will discuss the ins and outs of long form film conception and production and will offer a glimpse into a very ambitious and highly personal project, on its way to completion. Of particular interest are the tensions between technical, theoretical and intuitive decisions made during and after production and the vast expanse which must be navigated between what one images and what one achieves while filming with analogue technologies.

Margaret 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 gentle grandeur, touching upon universal human themes. Adapting techniques drawn from various cinematic movements, such as Cinema Vérité, the European Avant Garde and Italian Neo-Realism, Salmon’s orchestrations of sound and image introduce a formal lyricism into the tradition of realist film.

Born in 1975 in Suffurn, New York, she graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2003. Whilst a student there she won second prize at the Beck’s futures student show at the ICA. 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 Woman in association with the Whitechapel in 2006, which included a six month residency at the American Academy in Rome, Italy. Solo shows include Whitechapel Gallery, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, and Store Gallery, London. Margaret Salmon lives and works in Glasgow and New York.

This free talk will follow the other visiting artist talk by Marlene Creates (Marlene Creates: From Landworks to Words in the Land - 1970s to the present). It is open to all - please arrive promptly for the start of the event.

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3.30 - 6pm Wednesday 18 November, Room 102, Scott Building, Plymouth University
Refreshments will be provided. Please book your place by emailing Kayla Parker (

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