CINEMA of IDEAS

Margaret Salmon: Icarus (after Amelia) & Bird + Q&A

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This month on the Cinema of Ideas we are screening two films by Margaret Salmon, one of Britain's most vital cinema artists, in a double bill that places her latest work Icarus (after Amelia) [2021] alongside her 2016 film Bird. Both films will be able to stream from 24-30 September and we will be joined by Salmon for a live-streamed Q&A on 29 September at 7pm.


Combined tickets for Icarus (after Amelia)Bird and the live-streamed Q&A with Margaret Salmon cost £7.



Icarus (after Amelia) (2021) is a quasi-anthropological study of female labour in contemporary Britain, shot against the backdrop of the pandemic which has exacerbated gender inequality. The film had an acclaimed World Premiere as the Opening Night film of the Open City Documentary Festival just this month. The earlier work Bird was commissioned in 2016 as part of The Artist Cinema. A 6-minute capsule of natural wonder shot on 35mm, Bird is a visual and aural riff on the pioneering films of the Children’s Film Fund producer/director Mary Field.


This event is a continuation of The Artist Cinema collaboration between the ICO and LUX. In 2006, 2010 and 2016 the ICO and LUX embarked on an experiment in placing artist moving image films before commercial films in the cinema. It was a unique project which brought leading visual artists’ work onto the big screen in a subversive and playful way, each film was made specifically made to enthuse, excite and seduce audiences in different ways. Between 2006, 2010 and 2016 we commissioned 15 films from now established visual artists including Margaret Salmon, Gabriel Abrantes, Phil Collins, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Manon de Boer, Rosalind Nashashibi and Amar Kanwar. We reached a collective audience of 234,951 people in cinemas UK-wide.


Margaret Salmon


Born in 1975 in Suffern, New York, Margaret Salmon lives and works in Glasgow, Scotland. She creates filmic portraits that weave together poetry and ethnography. Focusing on individuals in their everyday activities, her films capture the minutiae of daily life and infuse them with gentle grandeur, touching upon universal human themes. Adapting techniques drawn from various cinematic movements, such as Cinema Vérité, the European Avant Garde and Italian Neo-Realism, Salmon’s orchestrations of sound and image introduce a formal abstraction into the tradition of realist film. Margaret Salmon won the first Max Mara Art Prize for Women in 2006. Her work was shown at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and the Berlin Biennale in 2010 and was featured in individual exhibitions at Witte de With in Rotterdam and Whitechapel Gallery in London among others.


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