untitled part 4 terra incognita

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  • untitled part 4 terra incognita

  • Artist: Jayce Salloum
  • Year: 2005
  • Duration: 37:30
  • Country: Canada
  • terra incognita focuses on fragments of histories, of pre-contact, contact, and settlement of the Kelowna area though the accounts of several nSyilxcen (Okanagan) speakers.  It traces connections and correlations between the periods of extermination/disintegration, assimilation, and marginalization to their present day and context of being First Nations.  Sites of social and historical significance are encountered juxtaposed with the current realities of the area as landscape.  An experiential videotape that lends itself not to a comprehensive survey, but a sifting through the layers of time and present, an inconclusive yet incisive speculation, in a history lived and survived.  Through various generations of accounts, the familiar and historical read the existing with the disappeared, just past the surface, digging into our (not unproblematic) relationship with the complexities of the past, our presence here, and that of the original inhabitants of this place.

    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 #: 2863
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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