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Artist Spotlight – Margaret Salmon

Next we would like to introduce Margaret Salmon, a New York born artist filmmaker based in Glasgow. Art Night will be The Scottish premiere of “History of the Present,” an experimental feminist opera-film about class and conflict shown at the Dundee Rep. Written and co-directed by Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon featuring new music by Annea Lockwood.

This intersectional, intergenerational work forefronts working-class women’s voices to ask: who has the right to speak, and in what way? Layering sociological, cultural, and political themes from the recent history of Northern Ireland, the work exercises voice, breath and field-recording composition through a range of film techniques and operatic articulations, to amplify marginalised stories.

Watch the trailer HERE!

Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon, History of the Present, film stills, 2023

“History of the Present” will be screened on the hour every hour from 7pm until 10pm at the Dundee Rep, the run time is 46 mins.

This project was funded by the British Council Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and the Royal Opera House, with R&D funding from The Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Partnered with Belfast International Festival, Glasgow Women’s Library, Global Women’s Narrative Project, The MAC, Belfast and Scottish Opera.

Maria Fusco and Margaret Salmon, History of the Present, film stills, 2023

Margaret Salmon was the winner of the inaugural Max Mara Prize for Women in association with The Whitechapel, recent exhibitions include Monument at Secession, Vienna and the British Art Show 9. Salmon lectures in Fine Art Critical Studies and Photography at The Glasgow School of Art.

Featured image credit: Production still with Margaret Salmon, photography by Jen Baille

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