Rosalind Nashashibi

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Organized jointly by the ICA and the Bergen Kunsthall in Norway, this first major survey of Rosalind Nashashibi’s reflexive cinematic investigations into visual gestalts, surveillance systems, and perceptual memory included five 16-mm films and two photographic projects. In Rehearsal, 2009, greeted visitors first, a photographic installation of ninety-six medium-size shots of an opera rehearsal in Berlin, their unspectacular documentary views capturing the actors’ transformation into fictional roles. Serving as an apt analogue for Nashashibi’s practice, the piece stages representation as a performative act of becoming—an act that, as it deliberately frames and thereby constructs visual reality, is never presumed to be innocent.

In Rehearsal prepared visitors well for the powerful second room, which contained an enclosed chamber at its center projecting three interlinked films on opposing

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