British Palestinian artist Rosalind Nashashibi is a painter and filmmaker. Her films chronicle intimate moments of contemporary life across diverse circumstances with a deeply empathetic and personal approach. In both her films and paintings, one piece often permeates into the next one, creating an ongoing dialogue between participants and bodies of work. Nashashibi’s oeuvre is similarly imbued with precise references to the works of other filmmakers and painters— such as references to David Hockney, Pierre Bonnard and the filmmakers Alexander Kluge and Chantal Akerman. 

Nashashibi is able to capture different kinds of relationships through the minutiae of her subjects’ lives and the lived environment. Her films are often non-linear, punctuated by manifestations of power dynamics and the subtext of  collective histories. Subjects have included non-linear family structures, the multiple personae of the artist and chronicling Palestinian life.  

Since 2014 Nashashibi has returned to the medium of painting creating abstract and figurative works. Her paintings incorporate motifs that are pulled from her everyday environment such as a wine glass or an illuminated taxi sign, which are then reworked in multiple variations. There are references to historical paintings alongside a freshness and an immediacy that comes from an intuitive, process-based exploration. The picture plane is sub-divided by frames and forms are by turns delineated and then left open to spread, creating a luminosity in the paintings.

The simple refinement of the artist’s paintings can be compared to her films in that they gently outline an internal visual language; giving the viewer space to think associatively rather than imposing an affected logical structure. 

Rosalind Nashashibi (1973, London, UK) received her BA in Painting from Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield (UK)  after which she attended the Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow (UK) where she received her MFA. As part of her Master’s degree, Nashashibi participated in a three-month exchange program in Valencia, California (US) at CalArts in 2000. In 2020, Nashashibi became the first artist in residence at the National Gallery in London (UK), after the program was re-established. She was a Turner Prize nominee in 2017, and represented Scotland in the 52nd Venice Biennale. Her work has been included in Documenta 14, Manifesta 7, the Nordic Triennial, and Sharjah 10. She was the first woman to win the Beck’s Futures prize in 2003. 

Nashashibi has had solo exhibitions at venues including, Nottingham Contemporary (UK); Musée Art Contemporain Carré d’Art, Nîmes (FR); Radvila Palace Museum of Art for CAC, Vilnius (LT); S.M.A.K., Ghent (BE); The High Line, New York, NY (US); The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (US); Imperial War Museum, London (UK); and ICA, London (UK). Nashashibi has participated in group exhibitions at, Centre Georges Pompidou and Forum des Images, Paris (FR); Tate, London (UK); Sculpture Center, New York, NY (US); Museo Tamayo, Mexico City (MX); Whitechapel, London (UK); Kunstverein, Frankfurt am Main (DE); UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA (US), among others.