As part of the Edinburgh Arts Festival's Stories for an Uncertain World commissions we present a new film work by Rosalind Nashashibi.
Nashashibi's films fuse narrative techniques with observational footage, creating a procession of images in which staged scenes flow seamlessly into real life. Her new two-part film is shot in Lithuania, London and Edinburgh (in Modern Two’s 2018 Emil Nolde exhibition). The film takes its starting point from The Shobies’ Story by the science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin, which follows a group of individuals coming together in preparation for a journey to a new planet, using a new mode of travel which is faster than the speed of light.
Her film forms part of the 2019 Edinburgh Art Festival Commission Programme, Stories for an Uncertain World, which brings together new work by five artists at locations across the city, to offer perspectives on the uncertain times we find ourselves in, poised between the disintegration of an old world order and imagining possible futures.
Image: Rosalind Nashashibi, Part Two: The moon nearly at the full. The team horse goes astray. (production still), 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photograph: Algirdas Šeškus.
Developed in response to her own personal context (raising two children outside a traditional nuclear family structure), the film features the artist and her children as well as close friends whom she considers extended family, in a variety of intimate and convivial settings. Exploring the importance of storytelling to our sense of community, we follow the establishment of the bonds between the members of this extended family, which then fracture and disintegrate, before they are re-established in the final sequence with the telling of a story.
Nashashibi consulted the I Ching, an ancient divination manual, and has used its response to shape the making of the film and to offer titles for both parts.
Supported by the PLACE Programme, a partnership between Edinburgh Festivals, Scottish Government, City of Edinburgh Council and Creative Scotland. Co-commissioned with Foksal Art Foundation and developed in partnership with Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
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