Rosalind Nashashibi: Lovely Young People and Eyeballing

Rosalind Nashashibi: Lovely Young People and Eyeballing

Rosalind Nashashibi, Eyeballing (still), 2005.

Rosalind Nashashibi: Lovely Young People and Eyeballing
June 8, 2022, 9pm
Bar Laika by e-flux
224 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Bar Laika is very pleased to announce the return of its weekly film screenings, starting on Wednesday, June 8 at 9pm with Rosalind Nashashibi’s Lovely Young People (2012, 13 minutes) and Eyeballing (2005, 10 minutes).

Lovely Young People (2012, 13 minutes)
Nashashibi chose to portray Scottish Ballet dancers indirectly, reflected through mirrors and through the eyes of local people from Glasgow’s Southside. They are invited to walk in during rehearsals, penetrating the closed world of the Company. Concentrating on the gaze and thoughts of the non-dancers, and the bodies and breath of the dancers, she draws attention to our own projections, dreams, and longing around the mythologized idea of the dancer. Exaggerated looking, the back and forth of the flow of power through looking, watching how private individuals and public officers look and what their gaze looks like, are at the heart of this film. Sound is used to draw us into the different perspectives within the film—whether that of the dancers or the visitors, “the insiders or the intruders”—while Nashashibi’s camera allows us close-up, lingering views of individuals more normally seen at a remove. The comments on the youth and grace of the dancers, like those used for the title, or comments on their seemingly superhuman strength and endurance, are instances of a chorus-effect, a revealing of efforts of interpretation as well of efforts of looking. The chorus effect, via the “gods,” features first in Nashashibi’s previous film Carlo’s Vision (2011). Commissioned by Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art and Scottish Ballet.

Eyeballing (2005, 10 minutes)
The anthropomorphic city. A series of faces found in architectural facades or in objects around an apartment are juxtaposed with shots of policemen in uniform loitering around their precinct.

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Film, Dance, Urbanism
Video Art, Police & Prisons

Rosalind Nashashibi is a London-based artist working in film and painting. Her films use both documentary and speculative languages, where real-life observations are merged with paintings, fictional, or sci-fi elements to propose models of collective living. Her paintings likewise operate on another level of subjective experience, they frame arenas or pools of potential where people or animals may appear, often in their own context of signs and apparitions that signal their position for the artist. Nashashibi has shown her works in Documenta 14, Manifesta 7, the Nordic Triennial, and Sharjah Biennial X. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2017 and won Beck’s Futures prize in 2003. She represented Scotland in the 52nd Venice Biennial. Her most recent solo shows include Vienna Secession, CAAC Seville, Chicago Art Institute and Kunstinstuut Melly, Rotterdam. She was National Gallery artist in residence 2020.

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