Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon is an artist who lives and works in Glasgow. She creates filmic portraits that weave together poetry and ethnography. Focusing on individuals in their everyday activities, 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 abstraction into the tradition of realist film. Margaret Salmon 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 and was featured in individual exhibitions at Witte de With in Rotterdam and Whitechapel Gallery in London among others.

Solo exhibitions

Solo exhibitions include: Hole, Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee (2018-2019); Circle, Tramway, Glasgow (2018); Mm, Beursschouwburg, Brussels (2018); Cladach, World Premier, The London Film Festival, Experimenta programme (2018); Eglantine, CHP:DOX, Artists and Auteurs and Beursschouwburg, Brussels, ICA, London, The London Film Festival, Experimenta programme and Crossing the Line, Glasgow Film Festival (2016-17).

Group exhibitions

Group exhibitions include: British Art Show 9 (2021-22); The Machine That Kills Bad People, ICA, London (2019); La Riviere m’a dit, Frac Il-de-France, Paris (2019); Outdoor Living, curated by Jenni Crain and Carey Denniston, Rzeplinski, Brooklyn (2017); The Big Picture Show, Tramway, Glasgow (2016); The Artists Cinema, Tate Britain (2016). Website:


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