Between fiction and reality, Basma Alsharif’s work considers the transmission of the history of Palestine. Sequences which have been filmed or recorded, collected in the media or on social networks are collated into montages with a highly developed plasticity, where subtitles, and therefore the text, has as much individual presence as the soundtrack (found, borrowed from the repertoire of middle-eastern popular music, or mixed) and yet they remain very separate. Memory appears to be in full mutation, uncertain and subjective. Locations, temporalities etc. are blurred, veering from raw documentary-type images to landscapes of pre-apocalyptic paradise.
In 2014-2015, Alsharif was artist in residence at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC creative laboratory of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. In 2017, she finished her first feature-length film « Ouroboros » which premiered at the 2017 Whitney Biennial and was in the official selection of Locarno International Film Festival.
The story of milk and honey, 2011
Installation composed of a SD video on monitor, a series of 10 photographs ``Corniche Beirut``, a series of 49 photographs ``Original Family Archives``, and a series of 6 photographs ``Les Sauvages``