BASMA ALSHARIF

Biography

Basma Alsharif

(b. Born in 1983, Kuwait (Palestinian origin))

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 and personalities 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, which premiered at the 2017 Whitney Biennial and was in the official selection of Locarno International Film Festival.

Major exhibitions

2019 Solo show, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Art

Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Personne pas même la pluie n’a de si petites mains, La Criée, Rennes, France

Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape, The Palestinian

Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

2018 The Gap Betwen Us, The Mosaic Rooms, London, UK

2017 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

2016 Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles – Nominee for The Prix découverte, Arles, France

2015 Les modules – Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2014 Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York

2013 Colony of Light / Greater NY, MoMA PS1, New York

2010 Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain

Collections

FMAC, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, Paris

CNAP, Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris

Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE

Fundacion Marcelino Botin, Spain

The Khalid Shoman Foundation Darat Al Funun, Jordan

Solo shows – screenings

2019 24/7, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris, France

Solo show, Museum Of Contemporary Art, Toronto, Canada

2018 From Ear to Ear to Eye Sounds and Stories from Across the Arab World, Nottingham

Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

2017 BFI London Film Festival, London, UK

Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Toronto, Canada

Locarno Film Festival, in competition, Locarno, Switzerland

2016 Rencontres de la photographie d’Arles – Nominee for The Prix découverte

2015 Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Switzerland

Courtisane Film Festival, Ghent, Belgium

Cinema Dynamo: Solo Program, Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve, Switzerland

2014 Doppelgänging, Galerie Imane Farès– Paris, France

Conversations at the Edge: co-hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, VDB and SAIC,

Chicago, USA

2012 The Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE

A Space Gallery co-presented by the Images Festival and Trinity Square Video, Toronto,

Canada; Darat Al Funun, Amman Jordan

Group shows – biennials

2019 Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo Photographic Art

Museum, Tokyo, Japan

Personne pas même la pluie n’a de si petites mains, La Criée, Rennes, France

Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape, The Palestinian

Museum, Birzeit, Palestine

2017 From Ear to Ear to Eye Sounds and Stories from Across the Arab World, Nottingham

Contemporary, Nottingham, UK

Delirium & Destiny, A Tale of Tub, curated by Suzanne Wallinga and Eloise Sweetman,

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Subjektiv, Malmö Konsthall, Malmö, Sweden / Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

Whitney Biennial – Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, USA

Paratextual, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, USA

Meeting points 8: Both sides of the curtain, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon

2016 Time of reasonnable doubts, Moscow biennale of Young Artists, Moscou Russie

Migrating forms, Solo program of short film, BAM, New York, États-Unis

Girls Only, Solo program of short films, the Hagop Kervorkian Center for Near Eastern

Studies, New York, États-Unis

Downtown Contemporary Art Festival, Caire, Égypte

2015 Arab territories: Constantine, capital of Arab Culture, Palace of Culture, Algeria

The Closer I Get To The End The More I Rewrite The Beginning, Human Resources, USA

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

Echoes and reverberations, Haywards Gallery, Londres

deserts, Galerie Imane Farès, Paris

SUPERNOVA, Scatolabianca, curated by Karina El Hélou, Milan, Italy

2014 The 4D Project: Onomichi City Museum of Art, Japan

Meeting Points 7, CIC – Cairo, Egypt

Here and Elsewhere, New Museum, New York, USA

Berlin Documentary Forum 3, Germany

Disappearing Acts, Herndion Gallery, Antioch College Ohio, USA

Parle Pour Toi: Projections et Rencontres. Galerie Marian Goodman, Paris, France

2013 Conversation Pieces: Galerie Art & Essai – Rennes, France

Colony of Light / Greater NY, MOMA PS1, NYC, USA

Psychic Geographies: Urban Video Project and Light Work , Syracuse, NY, USA

The Box: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio, USA

On love and other landscapes, Basma Alsharif & Yazan Khalili, Galerie Imane Farès ,Paris,

France

2012 25 ans de créativité, Institut du Monde Arabe, Paris, France

Garden of Eden, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France

2011 VideoBrasil, São Paulo Brasil

Parallel Worlds, Forum Expanded: the Berlinale, Germany

ITINERARIOS XVII: Fundación Marcelino Botín, Santander, Spain

2010 Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain

The Delfina Foundation, Edinburgh College of Art, UK

2009 Contemporary Art Centre of Southern Australia , Adelaide, Australia

The Sharjah Biennial 9, UAE

2008 The Jerusalem Show, Al Ma’amal Foundation for Contemporary Art, Palestine

2007 Thesis Exhibition, Gallery 400, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Film festivals

2016 March Meeting, Sharjah Art Foundation – March 2016

2015 Copenhagen International Documentary Festival, Denmark

Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland

International Documentary Film Festival, Quito, Ecuador

Cinema Dynamo: Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneva, Switzerland, 16 April

Courtisane Festival, Ghent, Belgium, 1 – 5 April

Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Scotland, 16-19 April

Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong, 23 March – 6 April

53rd Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Michigan USA, 24-29 March

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival, Canary Islands, 14 – 21 March

Forum Expanded : Berlinale, Arsenal 1, Berlin, Germany

2014 29º Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Mar del Plata, Argentina

Filmmaker Festival: FESTIVAL INTERNAZIONALE DI CINEMA DAL 1980, Milan, Italy

Projections, the NY Film Festival, USA

25 FPS, Zagreb, Croatia

Ambulante Film Festival, Mexico

San Francisco International Film Festival, USA

Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA

Image Forum: Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan

2013 Featured artist of Art Star Video Art Biennial, SAW Video Media Art Centre, Ottawa

Canada

Wavelengths: Toronto International Film Festival Canada

Views From The Avant-Garde: New York Film Festival, USA

Guest Artist of the Flaherty Film Seminar, Hamilton NY, USA

Media City Film Festival, Windsor – Ontario, Canada

London Palestine Film Festival, UK

FLEX film/video festival, USA

IFFR, The Netherlands

2012 29th Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival Kassel, Germany

the New Media Festival, Seoul, Korea

Videoex Festival, Zurich, Switzerland

2011 Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival, Japan

Transmedial Berlin, Germany

Short Cuts VI: Portland International Film Festival, Portland Oregon, USA

The 49th Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA

The Images festival, Toronto Canada

2010 Video_Dumbo, Brooklyn, NY USA

London Palestine Film Festival, UK

2009 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid

Docudays: Beirut Lebanon

ArabShorts: Goethe Institut, Cairo, Egypt

Chicago Underground Film Festival, USA

2008 Palestine Film Week, Al-Balad Theater Amman, Jordan

Dokufest – Prizen, Kosovo

Chicago Palestine Film Festival, USA

2007 Images Du Moyent-Orient, en collaboration avec le Festival d’Automne, Jeu de Paume, Paris,

France

ARTEAST: Cinema East Film Festival, NYC, USA

Awards, grants

2016 Panavision/Air France Award for the film Ouroboros, FID Marseille, France

Commune Image Award for the film Ouroboros, FID Marseille, France

2015 LOOP Fair Prize acquisition for the film The Story of Milk and Honey, Catalonia Ramblas,

Barcelona Spain

2014 Winner of the INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for the film Deep Sleep at VIDEOEX,

Experimental Film & Video Festival, Zurich, Switzerland

Honorable Mention: Media City Film Festival, Ontario, Canada

2013 Canada Arts Council Grant: Visiting Foreign Artist Programme

Honorable Mention: Media City Film Festival for the film Home Movies Gaza, Ontario,

Canada

2012 3rd Prize in the Experimental category for the film We began by measuring distance, Athens

International Film & Video Festival, Ohio, USA

Step Beyond Grant: European Cultural Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

2011 Canada Arts Council Grant: Visiting Foreign Artist Programme, Ontario, Canada

Marion McMahon Award for th film We began by measuring distance, Images Festival

Toronto, Canada

Visual Arts Grant: the Arab Fund for Arts and Culture for the film Farther than the eye can

see, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Fund from the A.M. Qattan Foundation: Culture and Arts Programme, Palestine

2009-10The Fundación Marcelino Botín Grant for Visual Arts for the film The Story of Milk and Honey

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