Basma Alsharif is a nomadic artist and filmmaker born to Palestinian Parents. Raised in France and then the U.S., she has lived and worked nomadically since receiving her MFA in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has developed her practice in cities like Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, and most recently Paris. Alsharif is an artist/filmmaker working between cinema and installation whose work is informed by a fascination with the human condition as it relates to the subjective experience of political landscapes, history, and the natural world.
Her works have shown in solo exhibitions, biennials, and film festivals internationally including YIDFF, the Jerusalem Show, TIFF, the Berlinale, Videobrasil, and Manifesta 8. She won a Jury Prize at the 9th Sharjah Biennial, was awarded the Fundacion Botin Visual Arts grant, received the Marion McMahon Award at the Images Festival in Toronto, and was a guest of the Flaherty Film Seminar in upstate New York. Alsharif is represented by Galerie Imane Fares in Paris and her works are distributed by Video Data Bank. She will be a resident of the Pavillon at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris from November 2014 - June 2015.