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The Gap Between Us

Basma Alsharif


The Gap Between Us is the first UK solo exhibition by artist and film-maker Basma Alsharif, featuring three key works from different periods of the artist’s practice. Alsharif is an L.A. based artist of Palestinian descent. She explores representations of history, conflict and subjectivity and how to produce new visual narratives. Alsharif creates rich imagery, manipulating and editing original film footage, seeking to unsettle perceptions and evoke affective experiences in the viewer. This exhibition’s central work will be Ouroboros (2017) Alsharif’s first feature length film, screened here in a gallery context for the first time.

Alsharif is an artist in the Palestinian diaspora whose work negotiates a new relationship with what it means to create art about Palestine. Ouroboros is an experimental film shot across five locations, including Gaza. The allegorical story explores the endless cycle of destruction and renewal through a central character recovering from heartbreak. Gaza is filmed at a distance, directed remotely by the artist who was unable to visit the blockaded territory. This film will be accompanied by We Began By Measuring Distance dates from 2009 and which won the jury prize at the ninth Sharjah Biennial. The third film, High Noon, embodies the dissonance of experiencing multiple times and places at once. Colour saturated images of Japan and California merge as the camera cuts across time zones, accompanied by a low fi electro soundtrack.

Alsharif developed her practice nomadically between Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, the Gaza Strip and Paris, her personal experience is reflected in her work which she defines as a non-geographically based subjective viewpoint. Through these three film works Alsharif offers a vantage point that seeks to break previous representations of familiar and political issues.

About Basma Alsharif
Basma Alsharif is an artist/filmmaker born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin, raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She works between cinema and installation, with an interest in the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Major exhibitions include: the Whitney Biennial, les Rencontres d’Arles, Les Modules at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, The Berlin Documentary Forum, the Sharjah Biennial, and Manifesta 8. She was shortlisted for the Abraaj Prize 2018. She is represented by Galerie Imane Farès in Paris, distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal.

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