A film work of cinematic scale, Provenancetraces in reverse the global trade in furniture from the Indian city of Chandigarh. This multi-element film work explores the journey taken by modernist chairs from their original location in the city of Chandigarh, India, to auction houses and collectors’ homes in Europe and America. Created by New York based artist Amie Siegel, the artwork looks at the use and value of such objects within these different contexts.
This exhibition combines films made by Rosalind Nashashibi and Lucy Skaer with their personal selection of historic and contemporary art that reflects on and adds new meaning to their work. Using 16mm film, Nashashibi/Skaer’s collaborative projects often evolve from the art and artists that inspire them. For the first time, the full extent of their practice is shown alongside significant works by artists including Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Paul Nash, Winifred Nicholson, Lee Miller and Rossella Biscotti. Each of their films becomes a starting point to explore key themes that resonate across the exhibition, from the changing portrayal of women and the representation of global cultures, to issues around conflict.