October 27, 2018 - Tate St Ives - Nashashibi/Skaer: Thinking through other artists
October 27, 2018

Tate St Ives

Nashashibi/Skaer, Why Are You Angry? (still), 2017. Film. Courtesy the artists and LUX, London.

Thinking through other artists
October 20, 2018–January 6, 2019

Tate St Ives
Porthmeor Beach
St Ives TR26 1TG


Tate St Ives presents British artists Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer. Working together as Nashashibi/Skaer, this exhibition combines the artists’ collaborative films with their selection of artworks from the Tate collection and other sources. Art from different places and times is brought together to generate new meanings and connections with Nashashibi/Skaer’s own practice. Nashashibi/Skaer have treated the process of exhibition-making as if they were creating an artwork. Each of their five films on display becomes a starting point to explore key ideas that resonate across the exhibition, from the portrayal of women and the representation of global cultures to issues around political conflict. 

Featured artists include Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Nash, Pierre Bonnard, Louise Bourgeois, Jo Spence, Lee Miller, Gauri Gill and Rossella Biscotti. Presenting this range of works together enables Nashashibi/Skaer to reflect on the changing significance of objects and images in different times and places. 

Taking its title from a painting by the artist Paul Gauguin, the film Why Are You Angry? (2017) explores his depictions of Tahitian women. Nashashibi/Skaer retraced Gauguin’s travels to Tahiti, an island in French Polynesia, asking women they met to appear in the film. By imitating Gauguin’s gaze, but stripping away the myth of the artist and using film instead of paint, Nashashibi/Skaer call into question his representations of women. 

In contrast, there are also works by more recent women artists, some showing women powerfully representing themselves. These include Louise Bourgeois’ depictions of her own creativity, Lee Miller’s portrait of herself in Adolf Hitler’s bath and Jo Spence’s self-portraits in the terminal stages of cancer.

The exhibition also shows Ambassador (2005)—the first artwork Nashashibi/Skaer made together; Flash in the Metropolitan (2006)—made in the world-famous museum at night; Pygmalion Event (2008)—bringing the late work of Henri Matisse to life; and Our Magnolia (2009)—a film that reimagines Paul Nash’s Flight of the Magnolia (1944).

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