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Exhibition Preview – The Gap Between Us

Basma Alsharif

18/01/18 6:30 pm

Free
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Join us for the opening of Basma Alsharif’s The Gap Between Us, the first UK solo exhibition by the artist and film-maker. It presents three films from different periods of her practice. Ouroboros (2017), Alsharif’s first feature length film, will be shown here in a gallery context for the first time.

Alsharif is an L.A. based artist of Palestinian descent. She has been working with film for over ten years. She has developed a body of work which seeks to challenge mass mediated imagery and preconceived ideas. Her work incites the viewer to be both affected by the act of looking and active in the narrative experience.

Palestine is a predominant theme for Alsharif. She has been described as a ‘post-Palestinian artist’ by film-maker Eyal Sivan. If return seems impossible, and a resolution to living with dispossession is always beyond reach, she asks: what is next for Palestinians? As an artist in the diaspora Alsharif has developed her practice nomadically between Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, the Gaza Strip and Paris. This is reflected in her work which Alsharif defines as a non-geographically based subjective viewpoint.

Curator Rachael Jarvis comments: “Alsharif’s films offer us new ways to encounter familiar subjects and representations of history, conflict and subjectivity. Her experimentation with the form of moving image, its relationship with text and sound, have created a uniquely poetic and powerful practice.”

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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