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Jayce Salloum

Jayce Salloum

Born in Kelowna in 1958. Lives and works in Vancouver.

A photographer and video artist, Jayce Salloum is known for installation works that sensitively investigate historical, social and cultural contexts of place. The grandson of Lebanese immigrants, Salloum studied in the United States and began his artistic career in 1975. Evolving what now epitomizes nomadic practice, Salloum has lived and worked in several Canadian and US cities but was most influenced by his time in Beirut. As he has written in one of his artist statements, “My own position as an image maker is situated somewhere between being a family member, visitor, tourist, guide and unwilling orientalist…never occupying any one position for too long, fluctuating peripatetically between the act of re-producing and the deconstruction of such an act and its object.” The central themes played out in his work include questions of exile, ethnic representation and notions of 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, among other institutions. In 2014, Salloum won a Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.