Basma Alsharif

ARTIST Basma Alsharif

Film / Video / Installation
Born in 1983, Kuwait (Palestinian origin)
Lives and works nomadically

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. The installation The Story of Milk and Honey (2011) is composed of three series: “Corniche Beirut”, “Les Sauvages”, “Original Family Archives”.
Locations, temporalities and personalities are blurred, veering from raw documentary-type images to landscapes of pre-apocalyptic paradise.

In 2014-2015, Basma Alsharif was artist in residence at the Pavillon Neuflize OBC creative laboratory of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. She is making her first feature film this year.


CNAP, Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris

Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE

Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Spain

The Khalid Shoman Foundation Darat Al Funun, Jordan

Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona (MACBA), permanent loan from LOOP, Spain


Major Exhibitions


The Gap Betwen Us, The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK


From Ear to Ear to Eye Sounds and Stories from Across the Arab World, Nottingham
Contemporary, Nottingham, UK
Whitney Biennale, Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, USA


Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles – Nominee for The Prix découverte, Arles, France


Les modules – Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France


Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York


Colony of Light / Greater NY, MoMA PS1, New York


Manifesta 8, Murcia


Sharjah Biennale


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