Sunday, December 2, 2012
Jayce Salloum’s practice exists within and between the personal, quotidian, local, and the trans-national. His work has been included in many international biennales and festivals. Salloum has exhibited at Musée du Louvre, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada; Royal Ontario Museum and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin. His texts and works have been featured in publications such as The Archive (Whitechapel, London/The MIT Press, 2006), Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice (Wallflower Press, London, 2007), and Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, (Coach House Press, Toronto, 2008). A monograph on his work, Jayce Salloum: history of the present, was published in 2009.
Salloum pursues a varied career; he works as a curator and cultural activist, has founded artist collectives in Canada, the United States, and Lebanon, and practices as an artist at the intersection of text, video, installation and photographic work. The Lebanese-Canadian artist, whose grandparents immigrated to rural Saskatchewan in the 1930s, grew up in Kelowna and left home at 17 to travel and make art, a journey that led him across Canada, to Africa, and then to California. He is now based in Vancouver, but continues to travel constantly, making work and exhibiting his work all over the world.