AFK | Screenings

Denim Sky

Rosalind Nashashibi
Curated By: Jaclyn Quaresma
Denim Sky, Rosalind Nashashibi (2022). Video Still.

Denim Sky

Rosalind Nashashibi

Saturday, April 15, 2023
8:30AM EDT
Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC)

1411 Dufferin Street, Unit D, Toronto, ON, M6H 4C7

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Denim Sky is a film in three parts that foregrounds a multi-generational crew preparing to test a new form of space travel that uses non-linear time. As they attempt to develop a group mentality, their efforts unravel and stitch together unexpectedly.

Part One: Where there is a joyous mood, there a comrade will appear to share a glass of wine.

The trilogy's first film is a spell for a new and more freeing type of family structure. It centres intergenerational friendship as non-nuclear family and community building. The group travels to the Baltic coast and spends some days in the accommodations there, getting to know one another and playing together. Through rolling conversations, they discuss the fear of losing loved ones, the progression of technology, romantic love compared to love in the broader community, and what could happen to communication in non-linear time.

Part Two: The Moon nearly at full. The team horse goes astray.

This work questions how a group's coherence is dissolved when there is a lack of communal experience and adherence to linear time. Almost a year later, the group meets at the Baltic Sea in deep winter. Viewers are introduced to new members before they assemble in a Soviet-era cinema to hear a mission statement from their operative back in London. After being told they will soon travel faster than light and of the possible disastrous effects this will have on their bodies, a series of uncanny events take place, leaving group members to ask whether stories can survive in space. 

Part Three: The wind blows over the lake and stirs the surface of the water. Thus, visible effects of the invisible show themselves.

In the dreamscape of part three, two years have passed in the film's narrative. The events of part two slowly come to be known while the group stays in a house by the sea on the island of Orkney. The film’s final part channels the energy of the mother and son through a reading from a psychic, further exploring the relationship between the participants and family life.

The three parts combine into a playful exploration of non-nuclear family and community structures, the theoretical effects of non-linear time travel on human relationships, and how this could aid or problematise communication. Shot in Lithuania, London, and Edinburgh, the film features the artist and her children and close friends, who she considers extended family.

Rosalind Nashashibi is a filmmaker and painter based in London. Nashashibi became the first artist in residence at the National Gallery in London (UK), after the program was re-established in 2020. She was a Turner Prize nominee in 2017, and represented Scotland in the 52nd Venice Biennale. Her work has been included in Documenta 14, Manifesta 7, the Nordic Triennial, and Sharjah 10. She was the first woman to win the Beck’s Futures prize in 2003.