Sydney Southam

Photos 1, 3, 5, 9 & 11 Jon Vincent/VANDOCUMENT, 2, 4, 7, 8 & 10 courtesy of artist, 6 Paul Wong

But if I watch it again will it tell me the Truth?

Video and mixed media installation

The artist has been making work about her father’s suicide for years, mining her family’s archive of 16mm films to produce a body of work. In this latest installation, the audience is invited into the artist’s obsession, and presented here with the raw footage, the “facts”, the “true story”.

Curator: Paul Wong


Sydney Southam is an artist working in moving image, photography, painting and performance. She often works with archival 16mm film, exploring themes of nostalgia, death, memory, and identity. Her work has been exhibited extensively across Canada and Europe, most notably at Yinka Shonibare Guest Projects (London), Aesthetica Short Film Festival (York) and Tran-Ideology: Nostalgia Film Festival (Berlin). Sydney also curates an evening of dinner and an artist talk called the Special Sunday Supper, made possible with a grant by the City Of Vancouver. Her film Ice Cream was the recipient of the Kopparberg Klash and Vice Magazine award for Film in 2010. She holds a BA in English from the University of Toronto and a BFA in Fine Art with First Class Honours from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (London).