Untitled Part 1: Everything and Nothing

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  • Untitled Part 1: Everything and Nothing

  • Artist: Jayce Salloum
  • Year: 2001
  • Duration: 40:40
  • Country: Canada
  • An intimate dialogue that weaves back and forth between representations of a figure (of resistance) and Soha Bechara (ex-Lebanese National Resistance fighter) in her Paris dorm room taped during the last year of the Israeli occupation, one year after her release from captivity.  She was help captive for 10 years in El-Khiam torture and interrogation centre (S. Lebanon), 6 of those years in isolation.  In front of the camera, she revises notions of resistance, survival and will, recounting to death, separation and closeness.  The overexposed image of a surviving martyr does not speak of the torture but of the distance between the subject and representation, and the loss of what is left behind and what remains.

    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 #: 2622
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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