Margaret Salmon (b.1975, USA) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. Surplus is a presentation reflecting upon feminist economic theory and its relation to narratives of gender, race, class and citizenship in contemporary Britain. Primarily concerned with decoding dominant assumptions and representations regarding labour, value and women’s contributions to social and economic health, this body of work will cut across mediums. These propositions – objects, moving images, sounds – collectively and individually seek a discourse around contemporary life which embraces fairer and more sustainable economic signifiers and analysis. A practical and deconstructive interpretation of contemporary economics is central to this conversation, beginning with the true sense of the word’s etymology – oikonomia – oikos (household) and nomoi (laws, rules, constraints), ie. the laws of ruling or managing a household. Women, in most economic and social brackets, still constitute a central role within the true home economy. In Surplus a dynamic contemporary female experience, one which includes all forms of labour, is the central focus.
Solo shows: Hole, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, UK (2018-2019); Circle, Tramway, Glasgow; Mm, Beursschouwburg, Brussels; Cladach, World Premier, The London Film Festival, Experimenta programme (2018); Eglantine, CHP:DOX, Artists & Auteurs and Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2017); Eglantine, ICA, London; The London Film Festival, Experimenta programme; Crossing the Line, Glasgow Film Festival; New Natural History, ICO Parallel Art+Cinema @ Arnofini (2016); Margaret Salmon, film survey (touring program) GFT, Glasgow; Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle; Cornerhouse, Manchester; Silent Cinema, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany (2015)
Group shows: The Machine That Kills Bad People, ICA, London, UK; La Riviere m’a dit, Frac Il-de-France, Paris, France (2019); Outdoor Living (curated by Jenni Crain and Carey Denniston), Rzeplinski, Brooklyn, USA (2017); The Big Picture Show, Tramway, Glasgow; The People’s Cinema, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria; Now Showing: St.Ives, Cinenova & LUX St.Ives Images Festival, Toronto; The Artists Cinema, Tate Britain (2016); Dredgers on the Rail (curated by Tyler Murphy), Freedman Fitzpatrick, Los Angeles, USA; Station to Station, Barbican, London, UK (2015); Attention Economy, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria (2014).