Cooper Gallery is delighted to present Chimera, an exhibition bringing together new and existing works by Nashashibi/Skaer – the joint practice of Turner Prize nominated artists Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer.

From the ancient Greek for a female goat, ‘chimera’ today refers to a beast or an idea composed of incongruous parts, an illusion or fabrication of the mind. The exhibition traverses art history, mythology and the cyclical nature of new life and new ideas. Fusion and slippages of meaning produce an associative and discursive mediation on transformation through which chimera, a composite being that in its very form unsettles the possibility of an archetype, encourages us to doubt the dominance of the real.

At the heart of Chimera are three collaborative films which combine photographic images with musical composition, drawing and painting, skewing the images to form new experiences.

Cooper Gallery is situated in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design’s Crawford Building.

Exhibition opening times
30 September – 10 December 2022
Monday – Saturday, 12–5pm

Also on offer is Image Making with 16mm Film, a reading group and screening led by Alex Hetherington and George Finlay Ramsay  Thinking through the lenses of Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer’s individual practices in film, installation, painting and sculpture as well their collaborative films explored in the Chimera exhibition at Cooper Gallery, this reading group is an open event, which will screen the raw rushes from the first 16mm camera workshop, and consider analogue film through a broad spectrum of experiences, observations and cultural, theoretical and political contexts.

The event will explore, through collaborative group reading, texts, observations and provocations from a number of filmmakers and artists including Luke Fowler, Catherine Sullivan, Beatrice Gibson, Rosalind Nashashibi, Nathaniel Dorsky, Rhea Storr, Steve McQueen, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Tacita Dean, Margaret Salmon, Margaret Tait and Chris Marker and conclude on recent experiences in 16mm film productions by Alex Hetherington and George Finlay Ramsay.

17 November 18.00-20.00 book a space here.

The photography in this post is by Sally Jubb.


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