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An American filmmaker based in Scotland, Margaret Salmon is celebrated for her intimate, poetic films focusing on individuals in everyday settings. Her films have documented the residents of a small village in the Scottish highlands; recorded the real and imagined adventures of a young girl, played by Salmon’s daughter, as she travels through a forest; and followed a cat wandering through the streets of Glasgow. This virtual event will feature a screening of Salmon’s 2006 film Ninna Nanna, from the collection of the Hirshhorn. Created during a residency in Italy, Ninna Nanna explores the relationships between three mothers and their infants in a black-and-white, three-channel tableau. Salmon, herself a new mother when she made this work, was interested in observing the subtle dynamics and emotional nuances of the women’s interactions with their young children. The filmmaker will join Marina Isgro, associate curator of media and performance art, and Rosalind Galt, a professor of film studies at King’s College London, in a post-screening conversation about this work and her film practice.
About the Artist
Margaret Salmon (b. Suffern, New York, 1975) lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. In 2005, she was the first recipient of the MaxMara Art Prize for Women, and her work has been shown at the Venice Biennale; the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; Kunstinstituut Melly, Rotterdam; and other major institutions.
This program is part of “Viewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian,” a monthly virtual film screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, Because of Her Story. This first sequence of selected works reflects on interiority—a particularly timely topic during this global pandemic. Visit WomensHistory.si.edu for more information about upcoming events in this screening series.
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Image: Ninna Nanna, production still, 2007, Margaret Salmon