untitled part 8: esquina caliente

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  • untitled part 8: esquina caliente

  • Artist: Jayce Salloum
  • Year: 2016
  • Duration: 11:55
  • Country: Canada
  • In La Havana there is park where men gather to discuss and debate, vigorously and passionately for hours on end.  Not without humour, it is an intense form of entertainment and theatre in a personal yet collective environment.  You might think that this is a forum for political engagement, a drama of the real in a surreal world.  Amidst the chaos, the camera captures the poetic nuances of these people's everyday.

    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 #: 4619
  • Distribution Status: In Distribution
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