Rosalind Nashashibi makes film with Scottish Ballet
Glasgow-trained artist's film in conjunction with Glasgow International
Acclaimed for her 16mm films, the works of Glasgow-trained artist Rosalind Nashashibi often examine the formation of ad-hoc communities, issues of staging and the use of theatricality in altering the commonplace. Poring affectionately over her material, the artist’s slow-paced lens often focuses on people – characters lost in their own moments – casting an elegant tone of introspection.
Elderly ladies rummaging through a jumble sale, a Palestinian family feasting, and the crew of a freighter ship have all been subjects of her films. For this new commission for the festival’s central gallery space, the artist has worked with Scottish Ballet.
‘It touches so much on the popular imagination, on projection and desire, what we think when we think of a ballet dancer,’ says Nashashibi. The artist’s works are increasingly discussed in terms of representing forces of control, looking at both forms of communal coercion and personal restraint or performance. With the physicality of this discipline, and the natural community formed by the microcosmic closed community of a dance company, the pairing of Nashashibi with the national ballet company is astute.
Familiar to the business of examining performers practising, the artist has in the past presented a series of 100 photographs of the preparation of a Berlin production composed from fragments of Mozart operas. ‘I am very interested in the rehearsal process, the mixture of performing and “ordinary” behaviour, and the playful aspect, but this film goes much further,’ says Nashashibi. ‘There are two different kinds of reality in the film going on at once, two very different sets of expectations meet.’
GI Festival Hub, 54 Miller Street, Fri 20 Apr–Mon 7 May