Basma Alsharif is an artist and filmmaker working in photography, cinema, and installation. Born in Kuwait in 1983 to Palestinian parents and raised between France and the USA, Alsharif has spent much of her life on the move. She has lived and worked nomadically between Gaza, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, Los Angeles, and Paris since 2007. Alsharif received her BA and MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her practice centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments, and history. Eyal Sivan once commented, “Basma Alsharif’s work makes the claim for a generation of young Palestinian internationalist artists that the Palestinian perspective is in fact stronger than the metaphor of Palestine. This notion of a Palestinian perspective, of a gaze steeped in history and splintered by geography, means refusing to be enslaved, refusing to be merely a support for projection but instead providing a critical reflection on the nature of this projection.” Alsharif’s work has been exhibited at Palais de Tokyo, New Museum, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Berlinale, Sharjah Biennial, Manifesta 8, Palestine, New York, and Toronto International Film Festivals, the Whitney Biennale and five previous editions of Media City Film Festival. Her feature film Ouroboros (2017), born out of her experience in Gaza during Israel’s November 2012 military offensive, had its world premiere at Locarno Film Festival. She received a jury prize at the Sharjah Biennial, the Marion MacMahon award from Images Festival, an Honourable Mention and 2nd Prize at MCFF, and was awarded the Marcelino Botin Visual Arts grant. Basma is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris. Her films and videos are distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal.
THREE FILMS BY BASMA ALSHARIF’
ONLINE SCREENING DATES: May 20 – June 10, 2021
FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM: Home Movies Gaza, 24 min, 2013; Deep Sleep, 13 min, 2014; O, Persecuted, 11.5 min, 2014