Basma Alsharif's work centres on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Interested in what cannot ever be proven or explained, she uses photography, video, sound, language and performance to reveal the fallibility of our perception and of history.
Alsharif’s work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions at the Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo (2017); Whitney Biennial, New York (2017); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2015); Manifesta 8 (2010); Toronto International Film Festival (2010); London Palestine Film Festival (2010); Rencontres Internationales, Paris (2009); Chicago Underground Film Festival (2009); Festival International Cinéma Méditerranéen, Montpellier, France (2009); DocuDays 9: Beirut International Documentary Festival (2009); The Jerusalem Show (2008); Images du Moyen-Orient, Jeu de Paume, Paris (2007) and ARTEAST Cinema East Film Festival, New York (2007), among others.
She was shortlisted for the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2018), received a Jury Prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009) and was awarded a Fundaciόn Botín Visual Arts Grant. Alsharif received a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she specialised in photography, film and video. Born in Kuwait to Palestinian parents and raised between France and the US, she is currently based in Los Angeles.