Nashashibi was born in 1973 to a Palestinian father and Irish mother, in Croydon, a large town in South London, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting from Sheffield Hallam University, South Yorkshire, U.K. in 1992. She then moved to Glasgow to study at the Glasgow School of Art, where she received a Master of Fine Arts in 2000.
Much of her work consists of films of everyday life in urban environments. Nashashibi works mainly with 16mm film, but has occasionally ventured into the realm of photography and photographic installations. For example, her project Abbeys (2006) comprises a series of four black-and-white photographs that each depicts an upside-down view of an abbey’s archway that when flipped as such reveals an anthropomorphic face.
The State of Things is a black-and-white film of old ladies at a Salvation Army jumble sale with a love song by the Egyptian singer Um Kolsoum on the soundtrack. The exact location of the film is unclear, and Nashashibi has said that many people, when first seeing the grainy footage, assume the women to be from some non-British culture or from an earlier time.
Dahiet a Bareed, District of the Post Office was filmed in the West Bank in an area designed by the artists grandfather. The film is of people playing football, having their hair cut and so on. Midwest and Midwest Field depict life in Omaha, Nebraska.
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