Rosalind Nashashibi (b.1973) lives and works in Liverpool. Rosalind Nashashibi creates works in film, sculpture, photography and printmaking. Her early works focused on observing the rituals played out by social groups and the individual's place within that society. Having moved away from purely observational films, she now delves deeper into the meeting of mythology, performance and anthropology in the borders where reality and fiction meet. The Painter and the Deliveryman (2013) is a two-channel film installation. On one screen a deliveryman drops off a parcel to a gallery director and then urinates expansively in the gallery courtyard, while on the other a female abstract expressionist painter in utility-wear pushes paint around large canvases with a mop. Strata of worker classes and the tension between the gated spaces of the gallery/studio and the cities they're in are portrayed here in allegorical terms, whilst one artist is candidly watching the activity of another. In another exploration of looking, and what looking 'looks like', Lovely Young People, Beautiful Supple Bodies (2012) shows local people from Glasgow's south side walking in on private rehearsals at Scottish Ballet. The soundtrack switches between the dancers and the public as we hear their breathing and their murmured thoughts. Nashashibi studied at Glasgow School of Art. She has had numerous solo shows including those at Tate Britain; Chisenhale Gallery, London; Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver; ICA London; Bergen Kunsthall; Berkeley Art Museum. She represented Scotland at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and has participated in Manifesta 7, Sharjah 10 and the 5th Berlin Biennial with Lucy Skaer in their collaboration as Nashashibi/Skaer. She is currently working on a commission on Gaza for the Imperial War Museum in 2016.
Rosalind Nashashibi | "I’m very excited to get this award, it’s opens a window through which I can escape from financial worries and give myself the time to experiment. It means that I can spend the unstructured hours that allow my work to move and change. Most of all I’ve got more thinking time. Thank you."