Rosalind Nashashibi participated in Al-Ma’mal’s artist-in-residence program in 2003 with the idea of executing a video work concentrating on the Dahiet al-Bareed neighbourhood, a small Palestinian neighbourhood outside of Jerusalem. In Dahiet al-Bareed, Nashashibi was interested in capturing the rhythm of a usual afternoon in the Arab suburb by giving attention to a particular sense of place, reflecting on the area as both hectic and slow, with a nervous and unpredictable energy. Burning piles of rubbish for example, are the most visible signs of such neglect mirrored by the fact that the filmed neighbourhood is a kind of no-man’s-land, without any real jurisdiction.
Nashashibi’s technique involves watching and waiting, and her films are a testament to the presence of the watcher, as well as a record of what took place before the artist’s eyes. Her film work is always directed to her environment and the people in her immediate surrounding. She is concerned with developing a relationship between the moving and the static on film, a relationship through time as well as space. Her subjects are pedestrians, cars, buildings, trees, and litter disturbed by blowing wind.
Born in London in 1973, Nashashibi now lives and works in Glasgow. She earned an MFA at the Glasgow School of Fine Art, MFA exchange at the California Institute of the Arts, BA (Honors) at Sheffield Hallam University.
Solo Exhibitions amongst others Woman Behind a Cushion, Tulips and Roses, Brussels (2010); Rosalind Nashashibi, ICA, London and Bergen Kunsthall, Norway and Stuttgart Kuenstlerhaus, Germany (all2009) and Presentation House, Vancouver (2008); Berkley Art Museum, California (2007); Hreash House at Tate Britain (2007); Chisenhale Gallery, London (2007) and Harris Lieberman, New York (2006).
Selected Group Exhibitions include Into the belly of a dove, Tamayo Collection, Tamayo Museum, Mexico City (2010); The Future Demands Your Participation, Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2010); Sculpture of the Space Age, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (2009); Scotland & Venice, 52nd Venice Biennale (2007); How to Improve the World, 60 Years of British Art, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London (2006); Expander, Royal Academy of Arts at Burlington Gardens, London(2004) and Palestine International Video Festival, various venues, West Bank and East Jerusalem(2002).