Working between cinema, photography and installation, Basma al-Sharif de-territorialises a singular perspective through a more subjective, fallible vision of history in the present. While referencing the collective experience of cinema, her works create immersive experiences with still and moving images, drawings and sound. She explores the human condition through the legacy of Colonialism as it transitions into Neo-Colonialism.
Her work has been shown at Los Angeles Nomadic Division (2021); MOMA: Modern Mondays NYC (2020); SALT Galata, Istanbul (2020); Lahore Biennale 02 (2020); Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto (2019); Glasgow Film Festival (2018); 18th Cinéma de la paix, Tunis (2018); Courtisane Festival, Brussels (2018); Sharjah Art Foundation (2018); 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 du cinéma méditerranéen de Montpellier, France (2009); DocuDays 9: Beirut International Documentary Festival (2009); The Jerusalem Show (2008); Jeu de Paume, Paris (2007); and ARTEAST Cinema East Film Festival, New York (2007), among others.
She was awarded Mophradat's Consortium Commissions (2018) and was shortlisted for the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2018). She received a Jury Prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009) and was a recipient of the Fundaciόn Botín Grant for Visual Arts (2009).
She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Illinois in Chicago (2007), where she specialised in photography, film and video.
Born in 1983 in Kuwait City, al-Sharif lives and works between Cairo and Berlin.
Sharjah Film Platform 4 (2021)
Sharjah Film Platform (SFP) offers a programme of talks on cinema and artists’ moving image as well as sessions addressing current debates in the film industry. A programme of workshops for children and families aims to teach children about the various aspects of filmmaking, such as screenwriting, storyboarding, lighting, filming and production.
Sharjah Film Platform is an annual festival organised by Sharjah Art Foundation to support the growing film scene in the UAE by celebrating and sustaining the work of local, regional and international filmmakers.
A limited number of Festival Passes and tickets to individual screenings are now available for purchase online. To book your SFP4 Festival Pass or tickets, click here.