- David Pollock
- 28 August 2019
New two-part video work highlights fragments of family life and friendship
Across the 45 minute running time of Rosalind Nashashibi's new, two-part video work – Part One:Where there is a joyous mood, there a comrade will appear to share a glass of wine and Part Two: The moon nearly at the full. The team horse goes astray – fragments of family life and friendship emerge. A group of people take a walk in the hills, two young children are drowsily wakened by their mother, free and easy conversation is had on whether linear time is the greatest obstacle to space travel, and a science fiction scene appears to be re-enacted on a beach, in which a man instructs a young woman walking lonely across the sand to return to base.
Presented as part of Edinburgh Art Festival's Stories for an Uncertain World commission programme, these films – which feature Nashashibi herself, her two children and her own friends and family – fall somewhere between lush 16mm home videos and attempts to recreate the esoteric feel of arthouse sci-fi from the 1970s. Inspired by Ursula K Le Guin's The Shobies' Story, in which a crew must bond and reach a consensus understanding of the universe to enable space travel, the totality of the two pieces creates a vivid impression of both the enormity of raising a family in the present, and the hypothetical possibilities for future advancement which human imagination and potential for working together affords our race.
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern One), Edinburgh, until Sun 27 Oct.