Jayce Salloum tends to go only where he is invited or where there is an intrinsic affinity, his projects being rooted in an intimate engagement with place(s), and the people that inhabit them. A grandson of Syrian immigrants from the Beqaa Valley (Lebanon) he was born and raised on Sylix (Okanagan) territory in Kelowna, BC. After 22 years living and working in San Francisco, Banff, Toronto, San Diego, Beirut, and New York he has been based in Vancouver the last 20 years. His videotapes, photographs, installations, and other cultural projects engage the personal/subjective, reconfiguring notions of identity, community, history, boundaries, exile, (trans/inter/intra)nationalism and resistance. His work has involved production and facilitation in many locales including Afghanistan, Lebanon, Palestine, the former Yugoslavia, Europa, San Francisco, San Diego, New York, Central America, Mexico, Columbia, Ecuador, Kamloops, Kelowna, Cumberland House, Vancouver, Aotearoa, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Philippines and Australia. He has exhibited pervasively at the widest range of local and international venues possible, from the smallest unnamed storefronts in his dtes (downtown eastside) Vancouver neighbourhood to institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, Centre Georges Pompidou, National Gallery of Canada, Bienal De La Havana, Sharjah Biennial, Biennale of Sydney and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.
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Introduction to the End of an Argument
Elia Suleiman & Jayce Salloum
1990, 45 min., Color
Using clips from feature films, cartoons and network tv, this unique video provides a rare critique of the portrayal of Arabs in Western media. Collaborating images of Valentino, Barbara Eden, Golda Meir, Elvis Presley and Mr. Magoo, lead a barrage of found footage that is juxtaposed with text and ...
This is Not Beirut/ There Was and There Was Not
1994, 49 min., Color, Canada/China
A personal essay on the popular misrepresentation of Lebanon and Beirut which documents the filmmakers own experiences while working in Lebanon. Working with its own conceptual baggage, the video situates itself between genres in order to better expose commonplace assumptions. The examination is t...
untitled part 3b: (as if) beauty never ends…
2006, 11 min., Color, Canada
In this video essay about dystopia in contemporary times, Jayce Salloum presents raw footage documenting the 1982 massacre of the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon. Working directly, viscerally, and metaphorically, untitled part 3b provides an elegiac response to the Palestinian dispossessio...
Up to the South (Talaeen a Junuub)
Jayce Salloum & Walid Ra'ad
1993, 60 min., Color, Canada/Lebanon
An oblique, albeit powerful experimental documentary which examines the politics and economics of South Lebanon against the backdrop of the Israeli occupation. This video focuses on the social, intellectual and popular resistance to the Israeli occupation, as well as conceptions of "the land" and cu...