Drawing a line through the Ouroboros
28/03/18 7:00 pmFree
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Join artist Basma Alsharif discusses references, influences, sounds and images in her work currently on display at The Mosaic Rooms. The talk will feature excerpts from Pasolini’s Location Hunting in Palestine and a screening of Alsharif’s short film Home Movies Gaza, followed by a conversation with Maria Palacios Cruz.
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.
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.
Maria Palacios Cruz is Deputy Director at LUX, London and was formerly the director of the Courtisane festival in Ghent (Belgium). She is a programmer for the Punto de Vista festival in Pamplona (Spain) and course director for the Film Curating degree at the newly launched Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola in San Sebastian (Spain). She has curated screenings, events, and exhibitions for numerous festivals and institutions, including Khiasma (Paris), Tate Britain (London), Union Docs (New York), M_HKA (Antwerp), Impakt (Utrecht), WIELS (Brussels), Centre Pompidou (Paris). She is the cofounder of The Visible Press and writes regularly on artists’ moving image, with recent texts on Laida Lertxundi, Manon de Boer, Jennifer West and Basma Alsharif.
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