Margaret Salmon
American, born 1975

Margaret Salmon makes films that are equal parts anthropological study, lyrical narrative, and documentary. Her works intimately study the lives of ordinary individuals as they perform routine habits; she calls these “time-based portraits.” Salmon has made films about her own sisters and about women in various states of motherhood throughout Italy; themes in her work include isolation, childhood, difference, repetition, and self-perception. Her films are made with an eye for formal realism, inspired particularly by Cinema Vérité and Italian Neo-Realist cinematic traditions. Salmon also draws inspiration from street photography, guidebooks, and propaganda film; she sometimes presents her film as a multi-channel installation, showing two different reels of footage side-by-side in order to exaggerate their differences.

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