The Story of Milk and Honey, 2011. 9:54min
O, Persecuted, 2014. 11:38min
O, Persecuted turns the act of restoring Kassem Hawal’s 1974 Palestinian Militant film, Our Small Houses, into a performance possible only through film. One that involves speed, bodies, and the movement of the past into a future that collides ideology with escapism. The Story of Milk and Honey centers on the failure of an anonymous individual's attempt to write a love story in an apolitical Middle East and the story that replaces an impossibility. Engaging with their complicated histories in the present, these works speak to the representation of what we cannot see.
Basma Alsharif is an Artist/Filmmaker born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin, raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She has a BFA and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Alsharif developed her practice nomadically between Chicago, Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, the Gaza Strip and Paris. She works between cinema and installation, centering on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Major exhibitions include: the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New York; Les Rencontres d'Arles, Arles; Les Module at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, New York; Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, Riwaq; The Berlin Documentary Forum, Berlin; the Sharjah Biennial, Sharjah; and Manifesta 8, Murcia, Spain. She is a shortlisted artist for the Abraaj Group Art Prize and has been awarded the jury prize at the Sharjah Biennial 9 in 2009 and received a Marcelino Botin Visual Arts grant in 2009-2010. Alsharif is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris, distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal, and is now based in Cairo, Egypt.