Home Away from Home: Screening of the Works of Basma Alsharif

Location

Exploded View
197 E Toole Ave. #2
Tucson , AZ

Date: 

Tue, 03/01/2016 - 7:30pm

In advance of her UA VASE presentation on Thursday 2/3/16, Basma Alsharif is presenting a special program of her single-channel works at EV! Basma is an Artist/Filmmaker of Palestinian origin born in Kuwait, raised between France and the US. She developed her practice nomadically between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, and the Gaza Strip. Basma’s work centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments and history. Home Away from Home presents a selection of Alsharif’s work that delves into that abyss of the idea of home. Obliterating any domestic idea of such a place, the program moves between the soporific, apathetic and psychedelic. 

Home Away from Home presents a selection of Artist/Filmmaker Basma Alsharif’s work that  delves into that abyss of the idea of home. Obliterating any domestic idea of such a place, the  program moves between the soporific, apathetic and psychedelic.

 

Farther Than The Eye Can See (2012) 12:56 min

Home Movies Gaza (2013) 24:08 min

Turkish Delight (2010) 2:43

A Field Guide To The Ferns  (2015) 9:44

High Noon (2014) infinite

 

Total Running Time:  58:31

 

Farther Than The Eye Can See (2012) 12:56 min

 

In a story whose ending is unknown, the tracing of how events unfold is a journey backwards towards a place that no longer exists. Farther Than the Eye Can See uses the landscape of the Emirates as an indistinct urban space that appears new, uninhabited, and with a vague promise of something better. It also forms the backdrop for the voice of a woman recounting her story of the Nakbah (the mass exodus of Palestinians from Jerusalem in 1948) beginning with the arrival and ending with the departure. What lies ahead is beyond the range of vision as what came before is becoming a faded memory. 

 

 

Home Movies Gaza (2013) 24:08 min

 

Home Movies Gaza introduces us to the Gaza Strip as a microcosm for the failure of civilization. In an attempt to describe the everyday of a place that struggles for the most basic of human rights, this video claims a perspective from within the domestic spaces of a territory that is complicated, derelict, and altogether impossible to separate from its political identity. 

 

 

Turkish Delight (2010) 2:43

 

The interiors of homes in Amman, Jordan, just after their inhabitants have left, are interwoven frame-by-frame over a looped soundtrack of single words. Turkish Delight is a thinly veiled response to the migration of Palestinians to Jordan, a portrait of domestic spaces as prisons with invisible walls and of the tedium of the state of exile, of waiting. 

 

 

A Field Guide To The Ferns  (2015) 9:44

 

“Primitive savagery meets the brutality of the modern world in Ruggero Deodato’s timeless slice of visceral horror”. Cannibal Holocaust is revived deep in the New Hampshire woods where apathy and violence are blurred.

 

 

High Noon (2014) infinite

 

High Noon is the meeting between the Southern Californian landscape with that of the South-Eastern landscape of Onomichi Japan as an experience of the gravitational pull to- wards the center of the earth, with the knowledge that we are sometimes standing on the world upside down. We briefly glimpse each landscape as a dizzying series of loops that repeat themselves 

endlessly.

 

BIO

 

Basma Alsharif is an Artist/Filmmaker of Palestinian origin born in Kuwait, raised between France and the US. Since receiving a Master of Fine Arts in 2007 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, she developed her practice nomadically between Cairo, Beirut, Sharjah, Amman, and the Gaza Strip. Basma's work centers on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes, natural environments and history. She works in cinema, photography and 

installation; major exhibitions include: les Module at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, the Jerusalem Show, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, the Berlinale, the Sharjah Biennial, Videobrasil, and Manifesta 8. She received a jury prize at the Sharjah Biennial 9, the Marion MacMahon award at Images, and received the Marcelino Botin Visual Arts grant. Basma is represented by Galerie Imane Farés in Paris, distributed by Video Data Bank and Arsenal, and is currently based in Los Angeles.