Tate St Ives Exhibition

Nashashibi / Skaer Thinking through other artists

Nashashibi/Skaer Why Are You So Angry? film still. Courtesy of the artists.

Travel to Gauguin's Tahiti and beyond through the work of two leading British artists

This exhibition combines films made by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer with their personal selection of historic and contemporary art that reflects on and adds new meaning to their work.

Using 16mm film, Nashashibi/Skaer’s collaborative projects often evolve from the art and artists that inspire them.

For the first time, the full extent of their practice is shown alongside significant works by artists including Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Nash, Winifred Nicholson, Lee Miller and Rossella Biscotti.

Each of their films becomes a starting point to explore key themes that resonate across the exhibition, from the changing portrayal of women and the representation of global cultures, to issues around conflict.


Rosalind Nashashibi (b.1973, United Kingdom) is a London-based artist working primarily in film, painting and printmaking. Her films use the camera as an eye to convey moments and events, merging everyday observations with fantastical and mythological elements. Nashashibi represented Scotland in the 52nd Venice Biennale, and her work has been included in Manifesta 7, the Nordic Triennial, Sharjah 10 and Documenta 14. She was the first woman to win the Beck’s Futures prize in 2003 and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2017. She is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University.

Lucy Skaer (b.1975, United Kingdom) is an artist based in Glasgow and London. Her sculptures, films, paintings and drawings often take found photographic sources as their starting point. Rooted in reality, yet subjected to a process of elaborate transformation, her images hover in the space between recognition and ambiguity, figuration and abstraction. Skaer exhibited at the first Scottish presentation at the Venice Biennale, where she also presented in 2007. She was nominated for both the 2003 Beck's Futures prize and the 2009 Turner Prize, and has exhibited internationally. In addition to the Nashashibi/Skaer collaboration, Skaer is a founding member of Henry VIII's Wives artist collective.

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20 October 2018 – 6 January 2019


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