Nashashibi/Skaer and Gauguin
Rosalind Nashashibi, National Gallery Artist in Residence for 2020, and multidisciplinary artist Lucy Skaer join us for a conversation and screening of their collaborative film, 'Why Are You Angry?' (2017). Titled after Gauguin’s 1896 painting 'No te aha oe riri' ('Why Are You Angry?'), the film follows his voyage to Tahiti.
As a contemporary exploration of Gauguin and his time in French Polynesia, the film aims to be a reclamation of the exoticised woman in his art. It asks fundamental questions about representations of women, colonised lands and the power of myth.
Also shown are 'Flash in the Metropolitan' (2006), tracking the Near Eastern, African and Oceanic collections of New York's Met Museum, as well as Nashashibi’s solo work, 'Vivian’s Garden' (2017). The film depicts the relationship between two Swiss-Austrian émigré artists – mother and daughter Elisabeth Wild and Vivian Suter – living in houses connected by a jungle garden in Panajachel, Guatemala. Nashashibi explores their rituals of care for each other alongside the intricate ambiguity of their colonial situation.
Nashashibi/Skaer are joined in conversation by art historian, critic and lecturer Isobel Harbison following the films.
Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer are artists with international solo careers but also collaborate as Nashashibi/Skaer. They met in Glasgow and began working together in 2005. Their films have shown internationally at venues such as the Berlin Biennial 5, Tate Britain, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Carnegie Museum of Art and the ICA London. Recent works have taken existing art as their starting point and a retrospective of their films, 'Thinking Through Other Artists', Tate St Ives 2018, were shown alongside selected art from the Tate collection.
Dr Isobel Harbison is an art critic, an art historian and Lecturer (Critical Studies) in Art, in the Art Department at Goldsmiths. She completed her PhD in 2015 at Goldsmiths where she was an AHRC doctoral scholar. She regularly writes for magazines, journals and exhibition catalogues about contemporary artists working across disciplines. Her recent book 'Performing Image' examines how artists have combined performance and moving image for decades, anticipating our changing relationship with images in the internet era.
Nashashibi/Skaer, 'Flash in the Metropolitan', United Kingdom 2006, 16mm, colour, silent, 4 min
Rosalind Nashashibi, 'Vivian’s Garden', United Kingdom 2017, 16mm transferred to HD, colour, sound, 30 min
Nashashibi/Skaer, 'Why Are You Angry?', United Kingdom / French Polynesia 2017, 16mm transferred to HD, black and white and colour, sound, 18 min