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Rosalind Nashashibi
Since 1999 Rosalind Nashashibi has been engaged in a process of 'husbanding melancholy' in short 16mm films that create an aesthetic of the everyday.

Nashashibi is an artist living in an age that endlessly recycles the past, prompting her to move away from representation to privilege experience as the locus of consciousness. She does not deny the scripted and coded nature of the image but camouflages her visual repertoire in the experiential. In her films the melancholic drift of time passing places the viewer in a position of experiencing the present, but this momentary sense of the 'now' is located in a space mediated through the pulsating surface of film. The result is the 'not-quite-then': an experience of time flowing at the moment before it becomes memory or the past. The indexical condition of film as light grafted onto celluloid, that pulsates with the colours of another era, inserts a warmth, one that looks and smells like the 1970s, into the digital consciousness of hard flat shiny surfaces that constitute modern life in the twenty first century. Nashashibi takes her inspiration from old paperback covers, the lime yellow walls of University Libraries. The focus on the visual expression of drama in Fassbinder, Pasolini and Bresson and a refusal of the conventions of plot and narrative is of seminal importance. In her work, there is almost always a fascination in capturing the immediate past: a modernity that has just become history, made visible through the cheap brightness of colours in the commercial printing of posters and books and postcards that emerge within public consciousness; colours that are not unique enough to be vintage or popular enough to be recycled as retro chic.

Still from Eyeballing by Rosalind Nashashibi, 2005
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