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Margaret Salmon Oyster

13 November 20 December 2014

installation view Margaret Salmon, Oyster
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

installation view Margaret Salmon, Oyster
Office Baroque, Brussels, 2014

Margaret Salmon
Oyster, 2014
black and white double sided flip book

Margaret Salmon
Oyster, 2014
black and white double sided flip book

Margaret Salmon
Oyster, 2014 (still)
super 16mm film on HD, sound, 14 minutes 25 seconds

Margaret Salmon
Oyster, 2014 (still)
super 16mm film on HD, sound, 14 minutes 25 seconds

Margaret Salmon
Oyster, 2014 (still)
super 16mm film on HD, sound, 14 minutes 25 seconds

Margaret Salmon
Oyster, 2014 (still)
super 16mm film on HD, sound, 14 minutes 25 seconds

Margaret Salmon
Oyster/Hand, 2014
silver gelatin print
20,8 × 30,4 (8 3/16 × 12 inches)
edition of 20

Margaret Salmon
Oyster, 2014 (fragment)
super 16mm film on HD, sound, 14 minutes 25 seconds


Shot on colour 16mm film and presented as a short film as well as a flip book Oyster is a minimalist cinematic poem showcasing the Native Oyster, Ostrea edulis. Oyster engages with various aspects of the molluscs history, life and consumption, while exploring how we imagine the sea and our relationship to it. The work unfolds the form and fragility of sea organisms, their capture and trade, and subtly questions the future ecology of its habitat and local trade. Oyster brings elements of modernism and abstraction to its natural subject, with an accompanying soundscape traversing Kentish dialect, electro pop, free jazz and silence. The accompanying flip book reconstructs the basic principles of filmmaking, whilst presenting another aspect of the oyster's life.