Region: North West
Rosalind Nashashibi’s film ‘Lovely Young People (Beautiful Supple Bodies)’ was made with Scottish Ballet. The compelling film projection features dancers, engrossed in private rehearsal when members of the local public walk in and stand awkwardly around them. The experience is mesmeric for both dancers and intruders, twinned together in an energetic performance.
‘A New Youth’, created for the Northern Art Prize, includes a tree displaying a photograph of a denim-clad crotch of indefinite sex, and a large cartoon illustration of Mickey Mouse’s hands in a familiar Buddha gesture. With one hand pointing up and the other down, Buddha/Mickey’s gesture seems to accept more than one path, or in fact more than two, as the reduction of the human condition to simple dichotomies is in question when the tree itself seems to be wearing its ambiguous sex in mid-metamorphosis. This work echoes an earlier installation made by Nashashibi during the revolutionary uprising in Cairo reflecting on the role of male youth in a post ‘Arab Spring’ world.
Nashashibi’s new print work locates masculinity in a particularly literal place. ‘Monster Walk’ comprises nine unique prints on paper, made by putting men’s jeans and underwear through a printing press, leaving the paper inked and in places worn through with the stamp of every stitch and crease of the fabric. Often the jeans rise up from the ankles as far as the thighs and then stop, to reveal a white expanse at the top of the leg, and the underwear is exposed. These halved figures invoke the crude and absurd nature of bodies and things, through their exaggerated crotches, their intimacy with the body and their trace of the real object; and in this last aspect they bear a resemblance to film and photographic processes.
Artist Talk: Tuesday 16 April, 6pm Rosalind Nashashibi will be in conversation with her nominator Sally Tallant (Director, Liverpool Biennial). Tickets are £5 (£3 concessions) on the door. Reservations can be make at Leeds Art Gallery on 0113 247 8256 .
Biography: Rosalind Nashashibi, born 1973, studied at Glasgow School of Art (MFA Fine Art), Sheffield Hallam University (BA Painting) but now lives and works in Liverpool. In 2003, Nashashibi won the Beck’s Futures prize, the first woman to do so, for ‘The State of Things’. She has had solo shows at Bergen Kunsthall, Norway; ICA, London; Berkeley Art Museum, California; Tate Britain, London and Harris Lieberman, New York.