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Humaniora 2003

Rosalind Nashashibi (born 1973, Croydon, England, UK)

Humaniora
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Rosalind Nashashibi was born in Croydon in 1973 to Irish and Palestinian parents, and studied at Sheffield Hallam University, California Institute of the Arts and Glasgow School of Art. She currently lives and works in Glasgow. She has had solo shows at Transmission, Temple Bar in Dublin, the Fruitmarket, Tate Britain, in Christchurch, New Zealand, and in Basel. Her work has been included in a number of group shows, including Around the World in Eighty Days at the ICA in London from May to July 2006. Humaniora is a film that shows people walking in and out of a number of hospitals in Britain. It is a slow, mysterious and beautiful film with a trancelike, meditative quality. Nothing momentous happens. Staff, patients and visitors come and go, and the casually filmed ambulances pass quietly by. Moira Jeffrey has written about the work in the Herald: 'Humaniora is about that least popular kind of enforced rest: treatment and convalescence. It's a vision of hospitals, not as sites of trauma, but as a kind of pregnant pause in the headlong rush. Sunlight reflects off a tower, a pigeon roosts on a rooftop, and that precise moment of transition from night to day is captured when an illuminated sign suddenly switches off. Airy, Victorian glasshouses contrast with shadowy concrete alleyways as Nashashibi portrays different attitudes to sickness in different eras.' Rosalind Nashashibi's films span many boundaries, from Nazareth in Israel to the America Mid West. She has said of her work: 'The films observe what I suppose people would call 'real life', but I think they're about vacation away from life, about inactivity or rest, whether it be chosen or forced. I go into public areas with my camera and really observe how people are moving in their spaces, how they are using their neighbourhood.'

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Acquired from doggerfisher, Edinburgh
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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