Episode 1: So. Cal.

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  • Episode 1: So. Cal.

  • Artist: Jayce Salloum
  • Year: 1988
  • Duration: 33:00
  • Country: United States
  • "If that's all there is..."  is an important and recurring sentence in this video.  Salloum creates an intimate atmosphere by cutting footage of the domestic everyday -- a trip to the museum, with footage of TV reports.  The relationship between what we think the world expects of us and our own experience of happiness is expressed in the narrative of a woman reflecting on her past.  Time has taught her that pain and unhappiness are not permanent, a realisation that she unfortunately can no longer share with her deceased girl friend.
    Jayce Salloum has been working in installation, photography, mixed media and video since 1975. Salloum is known for installation works that sensitively investigate historical, social and cultural contexts of place. The grandson of Syrian (now a part of Lebanon) immigrants, Salloum studied in the United States. Central themes played out in his work include questions of exile, ethnic representation and cultural identity. Exhibiting nationally and internationally, his work is held in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Centre Pompidou. In 2014, Salloum won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

  • Accession #: 1661b
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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