Platforms Coastal Cities- Artist Spotlight: Jayce Salloum

Artist Jayce Salloum has created a collection of images as part of their contribution to the Platforms: Coastal City series. Between July 11 and August 7, 2016, the 20 works on this page can be seen in transit shelters though out the city of Vancouver, BC.

We encourage you to scour the city, grab a pic, tag it using #VanCoastalCity or #VanPlatformArt, and show us what you and the artwork look like on the streets of this coastal city.

Find a list of locations, and more information about about Jayce and his work at the bottom of this page.

TRANSIT SHELTER LOCATIONS (updated July 25, 2016)

  1.   49th 23m E/O Nanaimo SS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  2.   W. 49th 27m W/O Montgomery NS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  3.   W. 41st 28m W/O Carnarvon NS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  4.   W. 41st 11m W/O Dunbar SS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  5.   W. 10th 30m E/O Sasamat SS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  6.   West Blvd 20m N/O W. 46th (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  7.   SE Marine 18m W/O Jellicoe NS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  8.   Main 28m N/O E. 41st ES (16/07/13 – 16/07/21)
  9.   Kingsway 33m E/O Earles SS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21
  10.   E. Broadway 20m E/O Lillooet SS (16/07/11 – 16/07/21)
  11.   E. Broadway 52m E/O Penticton SS (16/07/11 – 16/07/21)
  12.   Commercial 20m N/O Venables ES (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)
  13.   Main St 24M S/O E 18th WS (16/07/13 – 16/07/21)
  14.   MacDonald 18m N/O W. Broadway WS (16/07/13 – 16/07/21)
  15.   Cornwall 46m W/O Balsam NS (16/07/13 – 16/07/21)
  16.   W. Broadway 19m E/O Trafalgar SS (16/07/13 16/07/21)
  17.   Robson 28m W/O Hamilton NS (16/07/11 – 16/07/21)
  18.   Granville 32.5M N/O Robson WS (16/07/11 – 16/07/21)
  19.   W. Georgia 12.5M E/O Denman SS (16/07/19 – 16/07/21)
  20.   W. Georgia 12.5M E/O Denman SS (16/07/12 – 16/07/19)
  21.   Cambie 22M S/O Robson WS (16/07/12 – 16/07/21)


Jayce Salloum’s practise exists within and between the personal, quotidian, local, and the trans-national. It aligns itself with social, personal, and political struggles through an intimate subjectivity and discursive challenge.

Jayce Salloum - Image - Artist Portrait - Photo Credit Khadim Ali

Portrait of the artist Jayce Salloum. Photo: Khadim Ali

A grandson of Syrian immigrants from the Beqaa Valley – later colonized as Lebanon – he was born and raised on Sylix (Okanagan) territory in Kelowna, B.C. He has subsequently lived in many locales including San Francisco, Banff, Toronto, San Diego, Beirut, New York, and since 1997, Vancouver. His work engages in an intimate subjectivity and discursive challenge while critically asserting itself in the perception of social manifestations and political realities. He has worked in installation, photography, drawing, performance, text and video since 1978, as well as curating exhibitions, conducting workshops, and coordinating a vast array of cultural projects.

Lately his work has taken place in Afghanistan, China, Lebanon, Palestine, Aotearoa, Australia, the former Yugoslavia, France, Kamloops, Cumberland House, Galapagos Islands and other places throughout the Americas. Salloum has exhibited at a wide range of venues, from the smallest unnamed storefronts & community centres in his downtown eastside neighbourhood to institutions such as the Musée du Louvre, Paris; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Canada; Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin; Centre Pompidou, Paris; CaixaForum, Barcelona; 8th Havana Biennial; 7th Sharjah Biennial; 15th Biennale Of Sydney; 51st Robert Flaherty International Film Seminar; Werkleitz Bienniel; Museum Villa Stuck, Munich; Shedhalle & Rote Fabrik, Zurich; Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia; Royal Ontario Museum; Walker Arts Center; The Wexner Center; Artists Space, NYC; Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions; New Langton Arts; Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume; Institute du Monde Arabe, Paris; Théatre de Beyrouth; AUB Gallery, Beirut; Miyagi Museum of Contemporary Art; Hara Museum of Contemporary Art; British Film Institute; Cinémathèque Française; Singapore International Film Festival; 23rd Uruguayan International Film Festival; and the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

His texts/works have been featured in many publications such as; The Archive (Whitechapel, London/The MIT Press, 2006), Projecting Migration: Transcultural Documentary Practice (Wallflower  Press, London, 2007), Practical Dreamers: Conversations with Movie Artists, (Coach House Press, Toronto, 2008), Third Text, Semiotext(e), Framework, Felix, Fuse, Public, Prefix Photo, and Pubic Culture. A monograph on his work, Jayce Salloum: history of the present, was published in 2009. He recently published in The Militant Image Reader, Edition Camera Austria, Graz, and upcoming in Performing Utopias in the Contemporary Americas: Between the Local and the Global, forthcoming spring 2016 by Palgrave Macmillan, US & UK.

Salloum is a recipient of the 2014 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts. He is represented by MKG127, Toronto.


The fifteen new works that have been commissioned for the Coastal City series, are an opportunity for artists to explore the border between land and sea, the designation of boundaries and life in a region near the shore, the changing land and ocean-scape, the influx of people and goods, the unique ecosystems, challenges and opportunities – the circumstances that make coastal cities such as Vancouver unique.


Other artists to look forward to in the series are: Krista Schoening and Coley Mixan (Seattle), Kyla Mallett, Castle/Ingram/Grünenfelder, Emilie Crewe, Lisa g. Nielsen, Curtis Grahauer, and Ben Bogart.

Works by Nicolas Sassoon, Paul de Guzman, Ryan Peter and Laiwan have shown previously and are available at

These public projects are opportunities for residents and visitors to discover unique images and perspectives on urban life from members of Vancouver’s vibrant creative community. The Coastal City artworks were proposed by artists in response to an open call.

The City’s Public Art Program is marking its 25th anniversary in 2016. The Public Art Program has facilitated over a hundred projects in twenty-five years, spanning large-scale permanent installations, design-team collaborations and artist-initiated artworks. For more information visit:

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