September 3, 2009 - Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) - Rosalind Nashashibi
September 3, 2009

Rosalind Nashashibi

Rosalind Nashashibi, Jack Straw’s Castle, 2009. Photograph by Will Martin. Courtesy the artist and doggerfisher, Edinburgh.

Rosalind Nashashibi
10 September–1 November 2009

The ICA is pleased to present a solo exhibition by London based artist Rosalind Nashashibi, the most comprehensive presentation of the artist’s work to date. This exhibition concentrates on her recent work, presenting 16mm films from the last four years, alongside examples of her photographic output.

The lower gallery is being used to display a trio of short, inter-connecting film works, including Eyeballing (2005), which juxtaposes scenes of New York policemen with the anthropomorphic faces that Nashashibi’s camera finds in the physical fabric of their city. The upper gallery contains Nashashibi’s two most recent film pieces, including Jack Straw’s Castle (2009), her most ambitious work to date. The latter uses footage shot in and around a public park in London, interlacing shots from real life– with highly theatrical scenarios involving a cast of non-actors.

If Nashashibi’s early films were often understood as documentary or anthropological in nature, it is the cinematic aspect of her work that has become increasingly apparent, as well is its engagement with performance and ritual. Many of the works on display here involved elements of staging, and all of them are engaged with the place of personae in human life, and how individuals and groups transform themselves through theatre. Such ideas are also evident in a new photographic installation by the artist, entitled In Rehearsal (2009), which depicts what is known in the theatrical world as ‘physicalisation’ – whereby people are transformed into characters.

The exhibition has been organised by the ICA with Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, and supported by The Henry Moore Foundation.

A catalogue of the exhibition, including new texts by Martin Herbert, Dieter Roelstraete and the artist, and will be available from the ICA Bookshop from 16 October priced £14.95. The exhibition is also accompanied by issue three of ROLAND, the magazine of the ICA’s visual art programme.

The events programme for the Rosalind Nashashibi exhibition includes a series of screenings in the ICA’s cinemas, selected by the artist. Nashashibi will be conversation with artist Olivia Plender at the ICA, 27 September. There are also additional gallery talks. For bookings, please call the ICA box office on 020 7930 3647.

Limited edition print
Rosalind Nashashibi has generously created a special limited edition print to accompany her solo exhibition at the ICA. This new collage work takes the artist’s new photographic installation In Rehearsal (2009) as its source material.

Works on paper are integral to Nashashibi’s practice, and draw attention to ideas and images that recur within her work. Available exclusively at the ICA, this limited edition presents an exceptional opportunity to collect a new work by the artist.

We offer ICA Members and Patrons priority purchase and a 10% discount on this edition and 20% discount on all previous ICA limited editions. For more information or to order contact Vicky Steer, Editions Manager, on 020 7766 1425 or email

The ICA regularly publishes limited editions by artists involved in its exhibition programme—recent collaborations include Frances Stark, 2008 Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey, 2009 nominee Enrico David and 2009 Venice Biennale Golden Lion winner Roberto Cuoghi. Proceeds from the sale of these editions provide vital support for the ICA, directly contributing towards the ICA’s future exhibition programme. To view all ICA editions visit

Press information
For press information please contact Jennifer Byrne, Press Officer (E: / T: +44 20 7766 1407).

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