Black and white image of a young boy in a baseball cap
Film still: 'Boy (winter)' 2022, © Margaret Salmon
A close up of a densely purple daisy like flower
Film still: 'The Enemies of the Rose' 2010, © Margaret Salmon
Black and white image of a child in a fluffy animal mask, with painted face, titled with the word 'masko'.
Film still: 'Parolanto' (2023), © Margaret Salmon.
A small bird held between two fingers
Film still: 'Bird' 2016, © Margaret Salmon

Margaret Salmon creates intense and beautiful filmic portraits that focus on the minutiae of the everyday. Her close observations of human behaviour, plants and animals are both ethnographic and poetic in nature. She shoots all her work on photo-chemical film, drawing techniques from various cinematic traditions to create her own formal compositions.

boy bird monkey rose brings together a selection of five works, spanning thirteen years of Salmon’s practice: The Enemies of the Rose (2010), a luscious observation of interactions between garden flora and insect life, Gibraltar (2013), which follows the interactions of monkeys and human visitors, Bird (2016), a riff on the instructional nature documentary work of film pioneer Mary Field, Boy (winter) (2022), a series of encounters with contemporary boyhood, and Parolanto (2023), in which children illustrate phrases written in the constructed universal language of Esperanto.

Margaret Salmon’s work has been exhibited widely including at the 9th Yokohama Triennial (2024), the British Art Show 8 (2022-2023) and the Venice Biennale (2007). She won the first Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006.

Tuesday 21 May 2024 – Saturday 29 June 2024 Continuous looped screenings
10am to 4.15pm
Tuesday to Saturday

Free admission
All welcome

In the Black Box at CAST