This Quality

2010

Nashashibi, Rosalind
This Quality is a film shot in downtown Cairo. It comprises two halves: the first shows a 30-something woman looking directly at the camera, and sometimes acknowledging the existence of others around her who we cannot see. She has a beautiful face with eyes which seem to see internally rather than outwardly, they almost have the appearance of being painted on, suggesting the blindness of a mythological seer. The second half shows a series of parked cars covered with fabric. Each car suggests a sightless face, as the fabric stretched around the machine turns it into a face but also seems to hood the car so that it is conspicuously hidden, like a child covering his eyes. Test courtesy of Murray Guy, New York
  • Artwork Details: running time: 4 minutes 33seconds
  • Edition: 1 of 3 + 2 APs
  • Material description: 16mm colour film with sound
  • Credit line: Arts Council Collection, Southbank Centre, London © the artist.
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Film and Audio Visual
  • Accession number: ACC33/2014

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