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Why Are You Angry?

Why Are You Angry?
Director: Rosalind Nashashibi, Lucy Skaer

United Kingdom, French Polynesia, 2017, 18 mins., N-13

This collaborative work Why Are You Angry? revisits Gauguin’s images of women in Tahiti. Taking its title and its poses directly from Gauguin’s paintings, the project looks at the problems and also the potentials of imagining women through his particular gaze. The film moves between choreographed and informal footage of Tahitian women in front of their homes, at work, and in our rented apartment.

The film premiered in Documenta 14 (2017), and was shown at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Tate St. Ives in Cornwall (UK) etc.

About the directors

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 is this year nominated for the Turner Prize. 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.