Born in 1958, Lebanese-Canadian Artist Jayce Salloum has been working with installation, photography, video, mixed media, text and performance art since 1975, as well as curating exhibitions, conducting workshops and coordinating cultural projects. Salloum is currently based in Vancouver, Canada. During his time in the United States, he received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, an MFA from the University of California, San Diego, and participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Independent Study Program as well as the P.S.1 National and International Studio Program, both based out of New York.
Salloum’s artistic practice investigates how knowledge is generated and analyses its connection to our conceptions of truth and the way our convictions are formulated. Through his work, he attempts to deconstruct and challenge conventional interpretations of socio-political realities cultivated through information-disseminating mediums such as the international media.
His art has been exhibited widely in local and international venues, from the small unnamed storefronts and community centres of his Vancouver neighbourhood to globally-known institutions and events. His solo exhibitions include, Jayce Salloum: history of the present [selected works 1985-2009], Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada (2012), Jayce Salloum: Récits alternatifs (du Liban à l’Afghanistan, par la Vallée de l’Okanagan…), Canadian Cultural Centre, Paris, France (2012), Bamiyan (the heart has no love/pain/generosity is not a heart), a collaboration with Afghan-Hazara artist Khadim Ali, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada (2010), and Jayce Salloum: history of the present, Kamloops Art Gallery, Canada (2009 – 2010).
He has participated in group exhibitions including, Biennale of Sydney, Australia (2006), Sharjah Biennial 7, UAE (2005), the Havana Biennial, Cuba (2003), and the International Film Festival Rotterdam, The Netherlands (1999, 2003). His written work has been featured in numerous publications such as, Third Text, Documents, Framework, Fuse, Felix, Mix, Public, Public Culture, Semiotext(e), The Archive, Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK and The MIT Press, Cambridge, USA (2006), Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice, Wallflower Press, London (2007), and Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, Coach House Press, Toronto (2008).
Salloum’s video installation ‘Everything and Nothing and Other Works’ (2001), from the ongoing project Untitled, 1985-2005 was shown in Sharjah Biennial 7.