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 etc. 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.
The story of milk and honey, 2011
Installation composed of one SD video on monitor, 9min45 , a series of 10 photographs Corniche Beirut, 50 x 73 cm (each); a series of 49 photographs Original Family Archives, 16 x 23 cm (each) and a series of 6 photographs Les Sauvages, 59 x 42 cm