Biography

Working between cinema, photography and installation, Basma al-Sharif de-territorialises a singular perspective, reconceiving it with a more subjective, fallible vision of both History and the future as well as a questioning of 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 legacy of the Colonial as it transitions into Neo-Colonialism.

Her work has been shown at Lahore Biennale 02 (2020); Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow, Scotland (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 shortlisted for the Abraaj Group Art Prize (2018), received a Jury Prize at Sharjah Biennial 9 (2009) and was awarded a Fundaciόn Marcelino Botín Grant for Visual Arts (2009).

al-Sharif 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, she lives and works in Cairo.

SAF participation:
Production Programme 2020
Active Forms: Works from the Sharjah Art Foundation Collection (2018)
The Time is Out of Joint (2016)
March Meeting 2012
Sharjah Biennial 9