Part One: Where There Is a Joyous Mood, There a Comrade Will Appear to Share a Glass of Wine is inspired by the creation and dissolution of group relationships in Ursula Le Guin’s The Shobies’ Story (1990). The film reflects on non-nuclear family, which is understood as intergenerational friendship and community building, through a story about space travel and non-linear time. Shot in Lithuania, London, and Edinburgh, the film features the artist and her children, as well as close friends, which she considers extended family. In the process of creating this new work, Nashashibi questions how a group’s sense of commonality is dissipated when there is an absence of communal experience and adherence to linear time.
Rosalind Nashashibi is a London-based artist making films and paintings. Her films convey inner experiences of events, merging everyday observations with fictional or mythological scenes, her recent film looks at community and non-nuclear family within a sci-fi frame. Like her films, her paintings move between abstract impressions and more concrete depiction of forms or figures, where figuration may be an imported element from another linguistic order, from a word to a readymade object attached to the canvas. Recurring motifs relate to myth or pagan symbols such as a wine glass or a lamb. Nashashibi represented Scotland in the 52nd Venice Biennale, and her work has been included in Documenta 14. She was the first woman to win the Beck’s Futures prize in 2003 and was a Turner Prize nominee in 2017. She is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University.